Daniel P Glavin

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Daniel P Glavin

  • Associate Director for Strategic Science , Solar System Exploration Division
  • 301.614.6361
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 690
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Glavin is an Astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, with a research emphasis in organic chemistry and meteorite analysis. In 1998, he was awarded a NASA Specialized Center for Research and Training (NSCORT) Fellowship for graduate research in Dr. Jeff Bada’s laboratory at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, CA. For his Ph.D. thesis he investigated the sublimation of amino acids from meteorite grains as a potential survival mechanism for amino acids in micrometeorites and interplanetary dust particles during atmospheric entry. He also developed extraction protocols for the analysis of extraterrestrial amino acids in a variety of carbonaceous chondrites, Antarctic micrometeorites, lunar and martian meteorites using high performance liquid chromatography. Working with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Glavin helped develop a laboratory prototype for the Mars Organic Detector (MOD) instrument that was selected for the 2003 NASA Mars Sample Return mission that was unfortunately cancelled in 1999. After receiving his Ph.D. in Earth Science in 2001, Dr. Glavin worked as a post-doctorate research scientist for Dr. Guenter Lugmair at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany.
    Dr. Glavin became a NASA civil servant in 2004 and is currently working on the development of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) gas chromatograph mass spectrometer instrument that was recently selected for the NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. In addition, Dr. Glavin is the principal investigator on a 2005 NASA ROSES Astrobiology proposal to investigate the distribution and isotopic composition of purines and pyrimidines in carbonaceous chondrites and the principal investigator on a 2006 ROSES SRLIDAP to develop instrumentation for the analysis of amino acids in Stardust material. He is currently supporting the efforts of the Stardust PET Organics Analysis Sub-Team by analyzing comet exposed aerogel and foil for amino acids and other amine compounds. Dr. Glavin sits on NASA committees including the 2004 Mars Human Precursor Science Steering Group. He is a scientific Co-Investigator for the NASA Astrobiology Institute at the Goddard Center for Astrobiology and continues to be a leader in the Astrobiology community. His research has been cited over 260 times by others in the field.

    Education

    B.S. (Physics - 1996) University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Graduated with honors
    Ph.D. (Earth Sciences - 2001) Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Glavin is an Astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, with a research emphasis in organic chemistry and meteorite analysis. In 1998, he was awarded a NASA Specialized Center for Research and Training (NSCORT) Fellowship for graduate research in Dr. Jeff Bada’s laboratory at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, CA. For his Ph.D. thesis he investigated the sublimation of amino acids from meteorite grains as a potential survival mechanism for amino acids in micrometeorites and interplanetary dust particles during atmospheric entry. He also developed extraction protocols for the analysis of extraterrestrial amino acids in a variety of carbonaceous chondrites, Antarctic micrometeorites, lunar and martian meteorites using high performance liquid chromatography. Working with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Glavin helped develop a laboratory prototype for the Mars Organic Detector (MOD) instrument that was selected for the 2003 NASA Mars Sample Return mission that was unfortunately cancelled in 1999. After receiving his Ph.D. in Earth Science in 2001, Dr. Glavin worked as a post-doctorate research scientist for Dr. Guenter Lugmair at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany.
    Dr. Glavin became a NASA civil servant in 2004 and is currently working on the development of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) gas chromatograph mass spectrometer instrument that was recently selected for the NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. In addition, Dr. Glavin is the principal investigator on a 2005 NASA ROSES Astrobiology proposal to investigate the distribution and isotopic composition of purines and pyrimidines in carbonaceous chondrites and the principal investigator on a 2006 ROSES SRLIDAP to develop instrumentation for the analysis of amino acids in Stardust material. He is currently supporting the efforts of the Stardust PET Organics Analysis Sub-Team by analyzing comet exposed aerogel and foil for amino acids and other amine compounds. Dr. Glavin sits on NASA committees including the 2004 Mars Human Precursor Science Steering Group. He is a scientific Co-Investigator for the NASA Astrobiology Institute at the Goddard Center for Astrobiology and continues to be a leader in the Astrobiology community. His research has been cited over 260 times by others in the field.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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