Studies the potential to discover life beyond our planet
Anezina Solomonidou is a PostDoctoral Research Fellow in NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
She was born on the 29th of September 1983 and comes from the beautiful Greek island of Milos, which has a rich geological interest and a very unique morphology. Spending a lot of time during her childhood there she grew a keen interest in the natural world and how that world is being created, transformed and evolved. However, she grew up and went to school in the city of Korydallos, Athens.
Finishing Highschool she started studying at the Department of Geology at the University of Patras, where she obtained her degree. During her studies there, she focused on the science of volcanology. She carried on with her studies in the University College of London (UCL), in the field of Planetary Geology (Master’s Degree), where she had a first class chance to preoccupy with the icy satellites of our outer solar system. After that, she obtained her Ph.D in the Paris Observatory (2009-2013) doing Research in the geology of “Titan” and “Enceladus”, moons of Saturn and other icy moons, and at the same time she also obtained her Ph.D from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She speaks Greek, English and French. From February 2014 she is a PostDoctoral Research Fellow in NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). She got the chance of working there through her work and research on “Titan”, which we mentioned above. While completing her Ph.D in the Observatory of Paris, she decided to present her research proposal on the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP), and from that point on she let nature take its course.
She remembers receiving an e-mail from NASA very late at night, announcing her that she got accepted. After the first shock, which kept quite a long time, she received a second e-mail by Dr. Rosaly Lopes, congratulating her on her success, and confirming that she would soon join NASA.