Saira is currently a PhD student in geological sciences at the School of Earth and Space Exploration. She earned her B.S. degree in geosciences from Georgia State University where she also received her Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate. Shortly after graduating, she interned at both NASA ARC and NASA GSFC where she researched topics on the geomorphology of fluvial landscapes on Mars in addition to invesitgating the volcanic history of the Tharsis region on Mars. To date, Saira has participated in field investigations of volcanic landscapes in Iceland, the Canary Islands, Yellowstone, Idaho, Mexico, Arizona, and New Mexico. Her current research interests are in the fields of planetary volcanology, planetary interiors, and large-scale atmospheric dynamics.
Saira's research involves utilizing a global climate model to understand how fundamental processes such as volcanism can further impact the climate and surface ice budget on Mars. She also models the effects a basal magma ocean and inner core convection may have had on the resulting magnetic field strengths in the early history of the Moon.