Sukrit ranjan


Welcome to my corner of the Web! I am a PhD candidate at Harvard University in Astronomy and Astrophysics. My research interests are in extrasolar planets and astrobiology. I aim to contribute to the exploration of and search for life on planets in other solar systems. I am also interested in supporting human expansion into space, including commercial exploitation of asteroids. I completed my undergraduate work at MIT, where I majored in physics and minored in astronomy and history.

In addition to scientific research, I am committed to outreach and education. As a graduate student, I am an organizer 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.

In my free time, I love exploring Earth through flying, hiking, biking, and travel. I also love cooking, reading, and playing board games.

One day, I hope to visit this minor planet.

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Clockwise from top left: Presenting research to then-Senator Obama on Capitol Hill; Hiking the Grand Canyon; after certification as a pilot; celebrating the Super Bowl by playing football in spacesuits at the Mars Desert Research Station.