School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Georgia Institute of Technology
Adriana Lozoya is a Ph. D candidate in the Hud lab who explores the enzyme-free replication of nucleic acids in alternative solvents. After joining the NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution (CCE) in 2014, she has never shied away from her power has a role model for girls and women in science. Adriana has worked tirelessly as the Outreach Chair for the CCE Leadership and Outreach Council, directly and personally connecting people from all ages and backgrounfs to science. She has led demonstration programs at Georgia Tech, several Atlanta Science Festivals, and has developed completely original programs for elementary and middle school science education nights, but her leadership in this area has gone beyond Georgia. In 2017 she led CCE outreach efforts paired with the national SACNAS conference at the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City, UT, working alongside an undergraduate researcher she had helped to train the previous summer. Adriana plays a vital role in broadening the accessibility of CCE-sponsored animations about Chemical Evolution. She has translated programs on The Miller-Urey Experiment, The RNA World Hypothesis, and the Origin of Life into Spanish, these translations have collectively been viewed over 500,000 times. Adriana has given research talks at local undergraduate institutions, like Kennesaw State University and helped to pioneer the CCE’s new panel envoy program where she shared her research as well as personal experience of doing it at Clayton State University and at Spelman College. More recently her service work has taken on more specific, disciplinary ties to astrobiology. In March of 2018, she shared her work at the postdoc-organized Georgia Tech Astrobiology Colloquium, and has played a central role in planning programming for AbGradCon 2018, including demonstration and Trivia events. Adriana is growing into an incredible and pragmatic leader, helping people all over the world see that they have a role to play in science.