complete CV


🚀 current position

  • NPP Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center & Georgetown University


🎓 education


👽 research interest

Agnostic biosignatures detection and characterization, astrobiology of icy/ocean worlds, mission design, instrument development (mass spectrometry), data science, machine learning, and project management.


🔬research experience

  • NPP Postdoctoral Fellow. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center & Georgetown University. 2019-present.
  • Graduate Researcher. University of Illinois at Chicago. 2013-2019
  • Undergraduate Research Intern. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. 2011-2013


📃 publications

  1. Theiling, B., Luoth Chou, Da Poian, V., Battler, M., Raimalwala, K., Arevalo, R., Neveu, M., Ni, Z., Graham, H., Elsila, J. & Thompson, B. Science Autonomy for Ocean Worlds Astrobiology: A Perspective. Astrobiology (accepted)
  1. *Grefenstette, N., *Luoth Chou, Colón-Santos, S., Fischer, T., Mierzejewski, V., Nural, C., Sinhadc, P., Vidaurri, M., Vincent, L. & Weng, M. Life As We Don’t Know It. Astrobiology (Primer 3.0) (accepted)
  1. Luoth Chou, Mahaffy, P., Trainer, M., Eigenbrode, J., Arevalo, R., Brinckerhoff, W., Getty, S., Grefenstette, N., Da Poian, V., Fricke, G. M., Kempes, C. P., Marlow, J., Sherwood Lollar, B., Graham, H. & Johnson, S. S. (2021) Planetary Mass Spectrometry for Agnostic Life Detection in the Solar System. Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences 8, 173.
  1. Smith, H. H., Hyde, A. S., Simkus, D. N., Libby, E., Maurer, S. E., Graham, H. V., Kempes, C. P., Sherwood Lollar, B., Luoth Chou, Ellington, A. D., Fricke, G. M., Girguis, P. R., Grefenstette, N. M., Pozarycki, C. I., House, C. H. & Johnson, S. S. (2021) The Grayness of the Origin of Life Life, 11
  1. Luoth Chou, Murray, A. E., Kenig, F., (2021). Organic sulfones in the brine of Lake Vida, East Antarctica. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 292(1)
  1. Carrier, B.L., and the Mars Extant Life Consortium (including Luoth Chou as a Sub-Team lead). Mars Extant Life: What’s Next? Conference Report. Astrobiology 20 (6)
  1. Kenig, F., Luoth Chou., Wardrop, D.J. (2019) Comment on “Evaluation of the Tenax trap in the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite on the Curiosity rover as a potential hydrocarbon source for chlorinated organics detected in Gale Crater” by Miller et al. 2015. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 124(2).
  1. Howell, S., Luoth Chou , Thompson, M., Bouchard, M., Cusson, S., Marcus, M., Smith, H., Bhattaru, S., Blalock, J., Brueshaber, S., Eggl, S., Jawin, E., Miller, K., Rizzo, M., Steakley, K., Thomas, N., Trent, K., Ugelow, M., Budney, C. and Mitchell K. (2018) Camilla: A centaur reconnaissance and impact mission concept. Planetary and Space Science, 164
  1. Luoth Chou, Kenig, F., Murray, A., Doran, P., Fritsen C., (2018) Effects of legacy metabolites from previous ecosystems on the environmental metabolomics of the brine of Lake Vida, East Antarctica. Organic Geochemistry 122
  1. Stelmach, K., Neveu, M., Vick-Majors, T., Mickol, R., Luoth Chou, Webster, K., Tilley, M., Zacchei, F., Escudero, C., Flores-Martinez, C., Labrado, A., Fernandez, E., (2018) Secondary Electrons as a Novel Energy Source: Implications for Life on Icy Worlds. Astrobiology 18 (1)
  1. Kenig, F., Luoth Chou, McKay, C., Jackson, A. W., Doran, P., Murray, A., Fritsen C. (2016) Perchlorate and volatiles of the brine of Lake Vida (Antarctica): Implication for the in situ analysis of Mars sediments. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 121(7)
  1. L.S. Burall, A. C. Simpson, Luoth Chou, P. Laksanalamai, A. R. Datta, (2015) A novel gene, lstC, of Listeria monocytogenes is implicated in high salt tolerance, Food Microbiology 48


🏆 awards & fellowships

  • NASA Goddard Solar System Exploration Directorate - Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity - Group Award (x2)
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship
  • NASA Early Career Collaboration Award. *declined
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF)
  • Chancellor’s Graduate Research Fellowship
  • GSA On To the Future Travel Award
  • LAS PhD Travel Award
  • Bodmer Science International Travel Award
  • NAGT Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
  • Illinois Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship
  • The Colonnade Society Undergraduate Scholarship
  • The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Scholarship