Florian Kehl is a Life Detection Instrumentation Technologist working in JPL's Chemical Analysis and Life Detection Group. He works on the development of an instrument suite for in-situ liquid analysis of potential biosignatures on Mars, Europa, Enceladus, and other alien worlds. Before his current full-time position at JPL, he worked as a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow at JPL from 2016 to 2019.
He received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in nanosciences, with a major in physics, from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland (2007, 2010). While pursuing his Master's degree, Florian joined the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology CSEM Landquart, Switzerland, to work on label-free optical biosensor systems. In 2009, he worked as a Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, at the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) in the electrical engineering and computer sciences (EECS) department. From 2011 to 2015, he was a Ph.D. Student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zürich in the Laboratory of Biosensors and Bioelectronics (LBB) at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, in collaboration with CSEM and Optics Balzers AG.
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Speaker in Session: PORTABLE AND PURPOSE-MADE DEVICES on September 30