Dr. Juliane Gross
Dr. Juliane Gross received a master’s degree in petrology in 2005 with a focus on metamorphic petrology of terrestrial continent-continent collision zone samples, and a doctorate in 2009 in experimental petrology with a concentration on subduction zone fluid-rock interactions from the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Following graduate school, she received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lunar and Planetary. She spent 2009–2011 at LPI moving her research from terrestrial sample science to planetary sample science with a focus on lunar meteorites and Apollo samples. Her research placed small-scale observations of lunar and martian samples into planetary-scale processes, ranging from testing the lunar magma ocean hypothesis to calculating the water content of parental melts in the martian mantle. From 2011–2015 she was a research scientist at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City, NY, continuing her planetary sample science. In 2013 she was awarded the NASA Early Career Fellow in Planetary Sciences for her work on lunar meteorites. In 2015 Gross became an assistant professor for planetary sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and became the director of the Earth and Planetary Science E-beam facility at Rutgers. She earned tenure two years later in 2017 and became an associate professor. Her research at Rutgers University focuses on investigating the formation and evolution of differentiated planetary bodies (e.g., Moon and Mars) as well as understanding early solar system processes by examining primitive bodies such as asteroids. She studies in detail the mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry of planetary samples — returned by missions and delivered as meteorites — by using a multitude of micro-analytical techniques. In 2017 she was named the Chancellor’s Scholar at Rutgers University and started building the Rutgers Planetary Science track for undergraduates in the Department for Earth and Planetary Science. From September 2019 to December 2022 Gross was on loan to NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, from Rutgers University, where she worked as the deputy curator for Apollo samples at NASA Johnson Space Center. In this role, she helped to protect, preserve, and distribute samples from the Moon for now and future scientific studies of solar system exploration and history. She was and continues to be involved with getting ready for the Artemis missions. She helped with the ANGSA (Apollo Next Generation Sample Analyses) program and lead the preliminary examination of the samples and was one of the three women who opened the unopened Apollo 17 drive tubes 73002 and 73001 in 2019 and 2022.