Research at the Center for Astrobiology covers a broad range of topics, from interstellar chemistry through planet formation and studies of exoplanets to molecular and evolutionary biology.
The Formation of Habitable Planets
Studies on the interface of astronomy, geosciences and planetary sciences aim to identify the key steps leading to the formation of habitable planets, including Earth.
The University of Arizona is the lead institution of the Earths in Other Solar Systems (EOS) team, one of the largest ongoing research efforts aimed at understanding the formation of habitable planets.
Origins of Life
How did life begin? How did first life look like? Researchers use biology, geology and chemistry to travel back in geologic time and reconstruct life's first molecules and cells.
Exoplanet Search and Characterization
Our exoplanet and planetary science projects aim to explore the frequency and properties of the planet population around other stars. We are developing and using high-contrast imaging techniques to discover and study new giant exoplanets, use exoplanetary transits for detailed atmospheric composition studies.
Planets in the Solar System
We carry out remote sensing studies of Solar System planets and satellites, including Mars, Saturn, and Titan. Our staff employs detailed physical-chemical models to interpret the observations.