Jeffrey Bada
University of California, San Diego

Biography

Jeffrey L. Bada is Distinguished Research Professor of Marine Chemistry at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego. Prof. Bada’s research deals with the chemistry of amino acids, the synthesis and stability of organic compounds on the primitive Earth and other solar system bodies and the detection of possible remnants of ancient life on Mars both by in situ analyses on the planet, and from the study of Martian meteorites. He was Director of the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training (NSCORT) in Exobiology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego from 1995 to 2007. Dr. Bada has been PI and Co-I on several NASA and NSF grants for the studies on the origin of life and the development of in situ instrumentation for use in the search for organic compounds on planetary bodies, especially Mars. Prof. Bada has published one book and over 200 journal articles, and has supervised the PhD thesis research of 20 graduate students and numerous postdoctoral students.

Selected Publications

Parker, Eric T., Cleaves, H. James, Callahan, Michael P., Dworkin, Jason P., Glavin, Daniel P., Lazcano, Antonio, Bada, Jeffrey L., 2011. Prebiotic Synthesis of Methionine and Other Sulfur-Containing Organic Compounds on the Primitive Earth: A Contemporary Reassessment Based on an Unpublished 1958 Stanley Miller Experiment. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres: 41, 201-212.

Parker, Eric T., Cleaves, Henderson J., Dworkin, Jason P., Glavin, Daniel P., Callahan, Michael, Aubrey, Andrew, Lazcano, Antonio, Bada, Jeffrey L. 2011. Primordial synthesis of amines and amino acids in a 1958 Miller H2S-rich spark discharge experiment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: 108, 5526-5531.

Grew, Edward S., Bada, Jeffrey L., Hazen, Robert. 2011. Borate Minerals and Origin of the RNA World. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres: 41, 307-316.

Glavin, Daniel P., Aubrey, Andrew D., Callahan, Michael P., Dworkin, Jason P., Elsila, Jamie E., Parker, Eric T., Bada, Jeffrey L., Jenniskens, Peter, Shaddad, Muawia H. 2010. Extraterrestrial amino acids in the Almahata Sitta meteorite. 2009. Meteoritics & Planetary Science: 45, 1695-1709.

Past NAI Teams