Dr. Prajkta Mane
Dr. Prajkta Mane’s research focuses on the study of chemical, microstructural, and isotopic characteristics of meteorites. She analyzes Calcium-Aluminum-rich Inclusions (CAIs) to decipher chronology of early solar system events, observes the recorded nucleosynthetic anomalies in them, and studies their microstructural characteristics to determine the mechanisms of CAI formation. She also analyzes martian meteorites for their hydrogen isotopic composition to understand the evolution of martian water reservoirs. She is working to build her career as a scientist in meteoritics and planetary science.
One of Dr. Mane’s highest aspirations is to work on pioneering methods, which significantly advance knowledge about the building blocks of the solar system. She has 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 her research, she actively participates in outreach activities for the Lunar and Planetary Institute.