Breakfast Club Seminar

Amanda Stockton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Georgia Tech

Biography

Amanda Stockton's work integrates engineering and science to develop instrumentation capable of looking for organic molecules elsewhere in the solar system. After obtaining a masters at Brown in chemistry, she earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley working on increasing the analytical chemistry capabilities of the Mars Organic Analyzer microchip capillary electrophoresis instrument platform. She continued in this vein at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, by furthering the microfluidic engineering side of the technology as first a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow and then as a Technologist. At Georgia Tech, her group’s work seeks to do both the engineering and the science to synergistically promote instrument capabilities and robustness. 

Stockton's current research includes (1) instrument development for in situ organic analysis in the search for extraterrestrial life, (2) microfluidic approaches to experimentally evaluating hypotheses on the origin of biomolecules and the emergence of life, and (3) terrestrial applications of these technologies for environmental analysis and point-of-care diagnostics.