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Alberto G. Fairén

Research Scientist at Centro de Astrobiología, Spain, and Visiting Scientist in Astronomy, Cornell University

Alberto Fairén’s research focuses in the fields of Planetary Sciences and Astrobiology, with particular emphasis in the understanding of the early Mars environments.


  • 2015–present
    Visiting Scientist, Cornell University
  • 2014–present
    Research Scientist, Centro de Astrobiologia
  • 2012–2014
    Research Associate, Cornell University
  • 2009–2012
    Research Scientist, SETI Institute & NASA Ames
  • 2006–2009
    Postdoctoral research fellow, NASA Ames


  • 2006 
    Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, PhD in Molecular Biology


2015 NASA Group Achievement Award: MSL Prime Mission Science and Operations Team. 2013 NASA Group Achievement Awards: MSL SAM and APXS Instrument Development and Science Teams. 2012 Harold C. Urey Prize, awarded by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society (