Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Katarina Yocum


Katarina Yocum's Contact Card & Information.
Org Code: 691
Mail Code 691
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Current Projects

THSiRU - Terahertz Heterodyne Spectrometer for In situ Resource Utilization

SubLIME - Sublimation of Laboratory Ices Millimeter/submillimeter Experiment


Research Assistant Professor

Department of Physics - American University - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

March 2024 - Present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (NPP)

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

February 2022 - February 2024

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Chemistry - University of Wisconsin-Madison - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

August 2020 - January 2022

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Chemistry - Emory University

January 2018 - July 2020


Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, January 2022

B.S. Summa Cum Laude in Chemistry (ACS Certified), Astronomy minor, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, May 2017

Professional Societies

American Chemical Society, Physical Chemistry Division

2016 - Present

American Astronomical Society, Lab Astrophysics Division

2022 - Present



2023. "Gas-phase Ortho-to-para Ratio of Formaldehyde Formed at Low Temperatures in Laboratory Ices." The Astrophysical Journal Letters 958 (2): L41 [10.3847/2041-8213/ad0bee] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "Rapid Radiolytic Degradation of Amino Acids in the Martian Shallow Subsurface: Implications for the Search for Extinct Life." Astrobiology 22 (9): 1099-1115 [Full Text] [10.1089/ast.2021.0166] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Sublimation of Laboratory Ices Millimeter/Submillimeter Experiment (SubLIME): Structure-specific Identifications of Products from UV-photolyzed Methanol Ice." The Astrophysical Journal 913 (1): 61 [10.3847/1538-4357/abf14e] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Millimeter/Submillimeter Spectroscopic Detection of Desorbed Ices: A New Technique in Laboratory Astrochemistry." The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 123 (40): 8702-8708 [10.1021/acs.jpca.9b04587] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Laboratory Investigations into the Spectra and Origin of Propylene Oxide: A Chiral Interstellar Molecule." The Astrophysical Journal 835 (2): 225 [10.3847/1538-4357/835/2/225] [Journal Article/Letter]