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Overview

I am a UKRI-STFC (UK Research and Innovation - Science and Technology Facilities Council) Ph.D. fellow in planetary sciences based at the Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry Group in the Earth and Environmental Sciences department at the University of Manchester. My doctoral work titled 'Mineral records of magma storage and crystallization in basaltic systems on the Moon' aims to understand lunar volcanism using thermobarometry. The project combines petrographical, computational, and experimental studies of the lunar mare basalts returned from the Apollo 17 mission of NASA. 

In my research career, I aim to expand the understanding of lunar volcanism which could significantly benefit future lunar missions such as the most recent ARTEMIS mission of NASA. I have a broad interest in geological sciences and the Moon. 

Outside my research, I am also keen on science communication and facilitating science and its application outside laboratories to the public. I achieve this through teaching and outreach activities. 

Teaching

2021-Now

I work as a teaching assistant for various courses at the University of Manchester including:

  • Sep-Dec, 2021: Igneous Minerals and Processes (EART22201)
  • Jan-Apr, 2022: Meteorites and Planetary Materials (EART25202)
  • Sep-Dec, 2022: Igneous Minerals and Processes (EART22201)
  • Jan-Apr, 2023: Meteorites and Planetary Materials (EART25202); Metamorphic Minerals and Processes (EART24202)

I also work as a tutor for the Brilliant Club in Physics

2021 

  • Jan-Apr: Instrumentation in Geological Sciences (Christ College, Thrissur, India)
  • Independent tutor in Mathematics for high-school students 

Research interests

Instrumentation in Earth Sciences

Microscopy and Spectroscopy 

Planetary Science

Lunar Volcanoes

Thermoabrometry

Experimental Petrology

Supervision information

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Mineralogical and geochemical study of the carbonatitic breccia of Mongra, West of Amba Dongar: Implications for the existence of a second younger eruption centre, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research

1 Aug 201530 Apr 2020

Award Date: 25 Jun 2020

External positions

VOLUNTEER, The Manchester Museum

2 Sept 2022 → …

TUTOR, The Brilliant Club

29 Sept 2021 → …

Areas of expertise

  • QE Geology
  • QD Chemistry
  • QC Physics

Keywords

  • planetary science
  • Electron Microscopy
  • experimental petrology
  • lunar volcanism
  • education for all

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