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The Stockton group explores all questions of astrobiology, including:

How does life emerge and evolve?

Is there life beyond Earth?

What are the limits and what is the future of Life on Earth and beyond?

Microfluidic techniques lie at the core of all our efforts to address these questions.  We develop microfluidic and monolithic approaches to organic analysis instrumentation for extraterrestrial missions, especially for kinetic impactor probes for icy moons and small bodies.  NASA has funded a multi-year field campaign where we can explore habitability and spatial and temporal biodiversity, while also informing operations and testing potential technology of future space flight missions.  We are also developing instrumentation for an underwater probe to explore under the Ross ice shelf in Antarctica, in situ culturing techniques for extreme environments,  paper-based microfluidics for low-cost diagnostics in resource-limited environments, and chiral resolution techniques for analysis of meteoritic and returned samples.

Recent Publications