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Jason Dworkin
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Jason Dworkin is responsible for the research direction of the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory. Since arriving at Goddard in 2002 he has worked to purchase and maintain the equipment in the lab and ensure that all who work there maximize their research efforts while maintaining relevance to Astrobiology and NASA.

He first formally pursued his interest in the origin of life at Mirabeau B. Lamar High School (Houston, TX) when in the course of a science fair project (under the influence of PBS’s NOVA) he began work at the University of Houston in the Department of Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences & Biology under Professor John Oró. He received his A.B. degree with distinction in 1991 in biochemistry from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. His research there was under the guidance of Professor Chris Craney on the cryokinetics of human erythrocyte glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase. He attended graduate school at the University of California, San Diego (San Diego, CA) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the laboratory of Professor Stanley Miller. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 with the dissertation “Alternatives to Uracil in the Pre-RNA World.” He previoulsy was a research scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center through a cooperative agreement with the SETI Institute, where he worked in the Astrochemistry Laboratory within the Ames NAI Node.


2009: Robert H. Goddard Leadership Award
2009, 2007: NASA GSFC Internal Research and Development Innovator of the Year (Team) Awards
2007: Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award
2007: Goddard IRAD Innovator of the Year Award (Team), VAPoR
2007: Goddard Center Director’s Team Recognition Award, OSIRIS
2007: Distinguished Performance Award, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
2004, 2005, 2006: Performance Award, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
2004: National Academy of Sciences, Beckman Frontiers of Science Symposium Participant
2002: NASA Group Achievement Award
1998-2002, 2003- : Member NASA Astrobiology Institute
1996-1997: NSCORT Exobiology Adjunct Fellow
1992-1996: NSCORT Exobiology Pre-doctoral Fellow
1991: Merck Award for Best Graduating Biochemistry Major, Occidental College

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