National Centre of Competence in Research PlanetS
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Silva Da Costa Lopes, Ana Rita, Ms.

Phase 3 – Domain C – Project 4, Université de Genève, Département d’Astronomie, Welcome
PhD Student
1290 Versoix
Please give us a personal quote or a quote of a famous person (e.g. of Albert Einstein) that describes you and your life/work.
“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you” – Stephanie Bennett Henry
Please describe your job in only one sentence and tell us what the most important goal of this work is.
I study the atmospheres of ultra hot gaseous exoplanets using high-resolution ground-based spectroscopy. Discovering the composition and structure of exoplanet atmospheres can help us understand how the planets formed and evolved, and ultimately lead to the detection of extraterrestrial life forms.
How did you get into this research/work field?
I have my parents to thank for fostering my love for science and taking me to so many museums. Then in high school, I went to a Summer course about astronomy where I heard about exoplanets for the first time, and the rest is history.
What would be the greatest discovery you would like to see in your life time?
Finding strong evidence of life forms in another body of the Solar System or on another exoplanet.
You work for the NCCR PlanetS. What do you think will the NCCR enable you to do you couldn’t do without it?
The NCCR will allow me to collaborate with other astronomers in Switzerland, improve my research work, and expose me to new and exciting career opportunities.


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