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Get the answers to your questions about the search for life in the Universe! Our guest is Dr. Adrienne Kish, the Associate Professor in Astrobiology from Muséum National d’Histoire National (MNHN), France. Her research projects aim to understand what are the limits of life, why such limits exist, and how the conditions found on other planets could affect microbial life as we know it!

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Full Name: Dr. Adrienne Kish
Bio: Dr. Adrienne Kish is an astrobiologist and an Associate Professor at Muséum National d’Histoire National (MNHN), France. After receiving her scientific training in microbiology, molecular biology/biochemistry, and space sciences in Canada, USA, and France, Dr Adrienne Kish established her lab at the MNHN in Paris, France. Her work, together with the talented group of students and early career researchers she mentors, focuses on certain microorganisms classified as “extremophiles”, which are able to thrive in environments inhospitable to humans. By working with microorganisms from different types of ‘extreme’ environments, her research projects aim to understand at the molecular level what extremophiles have in common, what are the limits of life, why such limits exist, and how the conditions found on other planets could affect microbial life as we know it. Her current research projects concern the interactions between the surface layer (S-layer) cell wall proteins of extremophilic archaea and bacteria and the ions in their surrounding environment (mineralization, protein stability). In particular, the role of the S-layer-bearing cell envelope of halophilic archaea is being explored to determine how cells (both living and dead) are maintained within the fluid inclusions of salt crystals.
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