Dr. Prajkta Mane
My research focuses on the study of chemical, microstructural, and isotopic characteristics of meteorites. I analyze Calcium-Aluminum-rich Inclusions (CAIs) to 1) decipher chronology of early Solar System events and 2) observe the recorded nucleosynthetic anomalies in them 3) and study their microstructural characteristics to determine the mechanisms of CAI formation. I also analyze martian meteorites for their hydrogen isotopic composition to understand the evolution of martian water reservoirs. I would like to build a career as a scientist in meteoritics and planetary science.
One of my highest aspirations is to work on pioneering methods, which significantly advance our knowledge about the building blocks of the Solar System. I have a strong interest in developing laboratory techniques to study cosmochemistry and isotope geochemistry of meteorites and samples returned from various planetary missions. In addition to my research, I actively participate in outreach activities representing the Lunar and Planetary Institute.