"I believe it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary."

- Elon Musk

Sam Holtzen is a recent graduate from Georgia Tech with a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry and is now working in Dr. Stockton’s lab as a staff scientist. He is currently working with the FELDSPAR group to elucidate sampling schemes for future planetary missions. He is also working on an in-situ culturing technology that will enable the study of difficult to culture microbes. He will be working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in August 2018.

Julia graduated from Georgia Tech in Spring 2018 with a B.S. in Chemistry, International Plan designation, and a Spanish minor.  She is a member of the FELDSPAR team, where she analyzes Icelandic tephra samples through moisture content, grain size, DNA concentration, qPCR, XRD, and SEM. She also performs managerial tasks and will be participating in a field expedition to Iceland in June and July 2018.

Sam Holtzen

Mike Cato

Mike works as research engineering faculty for the Stockton Group, within the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His background experience includes development of: space systems, microelectronics, embedded computing, robotics, avionics, science instrumentation, and a variety of fabrication processes in support of those areas. Mike supports the Stockton Lab with the development of scientific instruments, custom tools, process controls, and general engineering and field support. He currently supports the development and testing of a 50kG interplanetary impact probe for Jupiter's moon Europa, a real-time Flow-Cytometer instrument for deep water science expeditions in Antarctica (at a 1500m ocean depth), a miniature 10kV High Voltage Sequencer, and a C4D detector.

Julia Fraser

Thomas Cantrell

Research Faculty

Thomas Cantrell is an early career research scientist at Georgia Tech working under Dr. Amanda Stockton and the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His goal, as a scientist, is to bring together the disciplines of applied chemistry and biology with micro-device engineering and microfluidics to answer questions concerning the extremes of life on Earth and where life might have arisen within our solar system and beyond. He particularly enjoys the field research that his science necessitates, and hope to explore many of the world’s natural wonders while exploring life’s big questions. He will begin working as a graduate student in Dr. Neha Garg's lab in Fall 2018.