Tomohiro Usui

Tomohiro Usui

Project Associate Professor at Earth Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology <http://www.elsi.jp/>

Education:

April 2001- March 2004:

Ph.D. in Petrology and Geochemistry, Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior (ISEI), Okayama University.

Dissertation: A geochemical study of the origin of eclogite xenoliths from the Colorado Plateau, southwestern United States: Implications for the evolution of subducted oceanic crust

 

April 1999- March 2001:

M.S. in Petrology and Geochemistry, ISEI, Okayama University. 

Thesis: Petrology and trace element geochemistry of eclogite xenoliths from the Colorado Plateau

 

April 1995- March 1999:

B.S. in Petrology, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology.  

Thesis: Petrology of lawsonite eclogite xenoliths from the Colorado Plateau (Japanese)

 

Publications:

Please go to publications.

Employment:

 April 2019 - present

Project Associate Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology

 

April 2012 - March 2016

Assistant professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology 

 

August 2009- July 2011:

NASA Postdoctral Fellow (senior fellow)

 

October 2005- July 2009:

Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee, U.S.A.

 

April 2004- September 2005:

COE-21 Postdoctoral Fellowship at ISEI, Okayama University, Japan.

April 2001- to March 2004

Research assistant at ISEI, Okayama University, Japan.


Honors, Grants, & Awards

NASA Cosmochemistry Program (PI: Tomohiro Usui, $313,158) 
NASA Mars Fundamental Research Program (PI: Tomohiro Usui, $415,838)
NASA Cosmochemistry Program (Collaborator, PI: John H. Jones, $250,000)
NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship (Senior Fellow) at Johnson Space Center ($132,000)
Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Martian Meteorite Research (2009, University of Tennessee)
NASA Group Achievement Award to MER 3rd and 4th Extended Mission Team (2008)
NASA Cosmochemistry Program (PI: Tomohiro Usui, $313,158) 
NASA Mars Fundamental Research Program (PI: Tomohiro Usui, $415,838)
NASA Cosmochemistry Program (Collaborator, PI: John H. Jones, $250,000)
NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship (Senior Fellow) at Johnson Space Center ($132,000)
Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Martian Meteorite Research (2009, University of Tennessee)
NASA Group Achievement Award to MER 3rd and 4th Extended Mission Team (2008)
  • The Young Scientists' Prize, The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2015)
  • Tokyo Tech Challenge Research Award (2014)
  • Tokyo Tech Young Scientist Prize (2013)
  • NASA Cosmochemistry Program (2012-2014, PI: Tomohiro Usui)
  • NASA Mars Fundamental Research Program (2011-2013, PI: Tomohiro Usui)
  • NASA Cosmochemistry Program (2011, Collaborator, PI: John H. Jones)
  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship (Senior Fellow) at Johnson Space Center (2009-2011)
  • Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Martian Meteorite Research (2009, University of Tennessee)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to MER 3rd and 4th Extended Mission Team (2008)
  • Promotion of Science for Students by Okayama University (2004)

Service to the Community:

  • Working group: Mars Exploration with Lander-Orbiter Synergy by JAXA
  • Athena Science Team Collaborators (working on Spirit rover) since 2006
  • NASA review panel: the Mars Fundamental Research Program
  • NASA review panel: Planetary Geology & Geophysics Program
  • Journal reviews: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Meteoritics & Planetary Science
  • Chairperson for a session “Martian Meteorites” at the 71st Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting (2008), Matsue, Japan.
  • Program committee: Meteoritical Society Meeting (2012)
  • Program committee: Lunar & Planetary Science Conference (2010, 2012)
  • Co-guest editor for a special volume of Chemical Geology (vol. 239, 30 April, 2007)