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Janusz Petkowski

Postdoctoral Associate

Janusz Jurand Petkowski main research interests lie in an interdisciplinary field of astrobiology. He is mainly interested in research leading to finding life on exoplanets, biosignature gases and theoretical biochemistry. So far Earth is the only known inhabited planet. Yet it is known that the laws of physics and chemistry are universal and the same in every “corner” of the observable Universe. Can we say the same about biology? Can we identify any universal laws of biology? Janusz is studying these questions using cheminformatics computer simulations as an aid in designing future laboratory experiments.


Seager S., Bains W., and Petkowski J.J. (2016), Toward a List of Molecules as Potential Biosignature Gases for the Search for Life on Exoplanets and Applications to Terrestrial Biochemistry, Astrobiology, doi: 10.1089/ast.2015.1404

This publication made the cover of Astrobiology - image credit: Joanna Petkowska (


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