Sukrit ranjan


I am a SCOL Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I am interested in astrobiology, exoplanets, and the origin of life.

My research focuses on connecting recent advances in our understanding of the origin of on Earth to the planetary environment. My goals are to understand whether the processes thought to have fueled the origin of life on Earth could have worked under realistic natural conditions on early Earth, and if so, whether they could have helped life start on other worlds as well. My work helped motivate the founding project for my PhD research group’s new lab. Previously, I worked on transmission spectroscopy of hot Jupiters with the Hubble Space Telescope.

In addition to research, I value outreach and education. I co-advised a Harvard undergraduate on his junior and senior theses. I am a co-founder of the science communication workshop ComSciCon, an author emeritus for the science outreach blog Astrobites, and a peer mentor in my department. I also give public talks, write popular science articles, and assist with science outreach programs in the community.

I completed my PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics at Harvard University, where I was the first student to earn a certificate in Origin of Life studies. I completed my undergraduate work at MIT, where I majored in physics and minored in astronomy and history.

One day, I hope to visit this minor planet.

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