George D. Cody

Geophysical Laboratory-Carnegie Institution of Washington

5251 Broad Branch Rd., N. W. - Washington, D. C., 20015

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Advisor to High School &  NSF Summer Interns:

Ph.D. Geosciences 1992 (Alan Davis, Adviser)

 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

 B.S. Geology 1982

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA



Organic geochemistry of biomacromolecules, Abiotic organic synthesis and the origin of life, Structure and chemistry of extraterrestrial macromolecules, Geochemical applications of Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR), X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES) and X-ray microscopy, and Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS).



Senior Research Scientist- Geochemist-Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Sept. 1995-present

Enrico Fermi Scholar -Chemistry Division, Argonne National Laboratory 1994-1995

Post Doctoral Researcher-Chemistry Division, Argonne National Laboratory 1992-1994

Research Assistant-Department of Geosciences, Penn State University, 1988-1992

Research Technologist-Exxon Research and Engineering Co., 1985-1987

Research/Teaching Assistant-Dept. of Geology University of Massachusetts,1982-1984

Principal Investigator in charge of W. M. Keck Solid State NMR Laboratory-Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Sept 1998-present

Principal Investigator of the Carnegie Institution of Washington's NASA Astrobiology Insititute "Astrobiological Pathways", Feb 2009-present


Best Presentation: Fuel Chemistry at Nanoscales: Presented at the Hydrocarbon Resources Gordon Conference, Ventura, 1999   

Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, GL 1996

Enrico Fermi Scholar, ANL 1994

Phi Kappa Phi-Graduate Honors Society, PSU 1991

Mining and Mineral Resources Fellowship, PSU 1991

Texaco Fellowship, PSU 1990



American Chemical Society




• APS Imaging review panel 2004-2005

• NAS Limits of Life Task Group

• Associate Editor Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2002-2004

• Chair of the Origins of Life Gordon Conference (2005)

• Co-Organizer, The Living Planet Symposium, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 2002

• Chair  ACS Geochemistry Division 2001.

•ACS Geochemistry Program Chairperson- ACS Division of Geochemistry, 2000

•Symposium Co-organizer:  Mineralogy at the Next Millennium: A Workshop in Honor of  Charles Prewitt and Larry Finger, Carnegie Institution of Washington, April, 1999

• Member of CAPTEM 2000-2003

• Member of the Strategic Planning Group for LITU (Life in the Universe)

• Member of the NASA ASTID Review Panel (2003)

• Member of the NASA Cosmochemistry Review Panel (2002-2004)

• Member of the Review Panel for NASA Mars Scout Panel (2002)

• Member of the Review Panel for the NASA Exobiology Program (2001,2003)

• Member of the Review Panel for the NASA Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program (NASA-IDDP) 2000

• Member of the Review Panel for NASA’s Origins of the Solar System-2000-2001 (OSSRP)

• Contributing member on the Task Group on Exploring Organic Environments in the Solar System (TGEOSS) 2000-2001 under the auspices of the NAS/NAE/IOM/NRC

• Special Interest Group Representative for the Users Executive Committee, National Synchrotron Light Source 1998-2000

•Work Shop Co-organizer: Polymer Applications of Soft X-ray Spectromicroscopy , NIST, May 1998

•Symposium co-organizer:  American Chemical Society

 The Macromolecular Structure of Coal ACS Annual Spring Meeting, 1997

The Role of Water in Organic Reactions ACS Annual Spring Meeting 1999



Dr. Jay Brandes (1996-1998) (University of Texas-Austin)

Dr. Timothy Filley (1997-2000) (Purdue University)

Dr. Joakim Bebie (1999-2000) (Switzerland)

Dr. Anurag Sharma (1999-2002) (RPI)

Dr. Sung Keun Lee (2002-present)

Dr. C. Kevin Boyce- Joint NRC-NAI fellow Harvard-CIW (2001-2003) (U. Chicago)



Ms. Elisabeth Stranges (Montgomery Blair HS)

Ms. Amy-Marie Accardi (RPI,WHOI)

Mr. Jacob Waldbauer (Dartmouth, Stanford, MIT)

Ms. Stacia Desantis (Dartmouth)

Ms. Beth-Ann Parker (Huntington College)

Ms. Ashley Smith (McGill University)

Ms. Jean Li (Montgomery Blair HS-Columbia)-Intel Science Talent Search Finalist

Mr. Stephen Lin (Montgomery Blair HS-Univ. Penn)

Ms. Rebekah Miller (Swarthmore)

Ms. Elena Chung (Montgomery Blair HS)-Intel Science Talent Search Semi Finalist

Ms. Minh-H Le (Montgomery Blair HS)


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