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Alexa Drew

Graduate Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Geological Sciences
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Alexa Drew is a first-year Ph.D. student at Arizona State University currently researching Jupiter's moon, Europa. In 2019, she earned her B.S in Astrobiology and Biogeosciences with a minor in Political Science and Biology. Having enjoyed the experience she gained as an undergraduate researcher in the ASU NASA Space Grant program, she spent a year working behind the scenes as a staff member to expand her knowledge of how such programs operate. Now returning to earn her Ph.D, her research goals are to determine the habitability, probability, and characteristics of potential life on Europa by using analogue environments, biochemical networks, and molecular assembly. She is also interested in social issues pertaining to inclusion and equity, and hopes to bring positive change in academia for all students, staff, and faculty at ASU.


Arizona State University, B.S., Astrobiology and Biogeosciences (2019); minors in Political Science and Biology

Mesa Community College, Associates of Science and AGEC-S (2015)

Mesa Community College, Associates of General Education (2015)

Mesa Community College, Associates of Art and AGEC-A (2015)

Research Interests: 

In general, I am broadly interested in astrobiology, Europa, space exploration, biosignatures, the evolution of life, the origin of life, genetics, and planetary science.

Research Group: 

Dr. Sara Imari Walker's Emergence Lab