Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2011
    Research Scientist, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Borås, Sweden

  • 2012 – 2013
    Postdoctoral fellow, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington DC, USA

  • 2012 – 2013
    Visiting Postdoc at Mineral Sciences, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA

  • 2011
    Ph.D., Geochemistry, Stockholm University and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Borås, Sweden

  • 2006
    M.Sc., Engineering Biology, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

  • 2006
    Predoctoral associate, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington DC, USA.

Selected publications

  • Siljeström, S., Parenteau, M.N., Jahnke, L.L., Cady, S.L. (2017) A comparative ToF-SIMS and GC–MS analysis of phototrophic communities collected from an alkaline silica-depositing hot spring. Organic geochemistry 109, 14-36.

  • Goesmann, F., Brinckerhoff, W. B., Raulin, F., Goetz, W., Danell, R. Getty, S., Siljeström, S., Steininger, H. , Arevalo Jr., R. , Buch, A., Freissinet, C., Grubisic, A., Meierhenrich, U. , Mißbach, H., Pinnick, V., Stalport, F., Szopa, C., Brucato, J. R. , Glavin, D. P. ,Grand, N., Li, X., van Amerom, F. H. W. and the MOMA Science Team. (2017) The Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) Instrument: Characterization of Organic Material in Martian Sediments. Astrobiology, Astrobiology 17 (6-7), 655-685.

  • Fray, N., Bardyn, A., Cottin, H., Altwegg, K., Baklouti, D., Briois, C., Colangeli, L., Engrand, C., Fischer, H., Glasmachers, A., Grün, E., Haerendel, G., Henkel, H., Höfner, H., Hornung, K., Jessberger, E.K., Koch, A., Krüger, H., Langevin, Y., Lehto, H., Lehto, K., Le Roy, L., Merouane, S., Modica, P., Orthous-Daunay, F-R., Paquette, J., Raulin, F., Rynö, J., Schulz, R., Silén, J., Siljeström, S., Steiger, W., Stenzel, O., Stephan, T., Thirkell, L., Thomas, R., Torkar, K., Varmuza, K., Wanczek, K-P., Zaprudin, B., Kissel, J., Hilchenbach, M. (2016) High-molecular-weight organic matter in the particles of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Nature 538, 72-74.

  • Siljeström, S., Freissinet, C., Goesmann, F., Steininger, H., Goetz, W., Steele, A., Amundsen, H. and the AMASE11 team (2014) Comparison of prototype and laboratory experiments on MOMA GCMS; results from the AMASE11 campaign. Astrobiology 14(9), 780-797.

  • Greenwalt, D.E., Rose, T.R., Siljeström, S.M., Goreva, Y.S., Constenius, K.N., and Wingerath, J.G. (2015). Taphonomic studies of the fossil insects of the Middle Eocene Kishenehn Formation. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 60 (4), 931-947.

  • Siljeström, S., Volk, H., George, S., Lausmaa, J., Sjövall, P. Dutkiewicz, A., Hode, T. (2013) Analysis of single oil-bearing fluid inclusions in mid-proterozoic sandstones (Roper Group, Australia). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 122, 448–463.

  • Greenwalt, D., Goreva, Y., Siljeström, S., Rose, T., Harbach, R.E (2013) The last supper: Hemoglobin-derived porphyrins preserved in a Middle Eocene blood-engorged mosquito. PNAS 110 (46), 18496–18500

  • Steele, A., McCubbin, F.M., Fries, M, Kater, L, Boctor, N.Z, Fogel, M.L, Conrad, P.G, Glamoclija, M., Spencer, M., Morrow, A.L., Hammond, M.R., Zare, R.N., Vicenzi E., Rose, T., Siljeström, S., Bowden, R., Herd, C.D.K., Mysen, B.O., Shirey, S.B, Amundsen, H.E.F., Treiman, A.H., Bullock, E.S, Jull, A.J.T. (2012) Abiotic production of organic compounds during crystallization of Martian basalts. Science 33, 212-215.

  • Siljeström, S., Lausmaa, J., Sjövall, P., Broman, C., Thiel, V., Hode, T. (2010) Analysis of hopanes and steranes in single oil-bearing fluid inclusions using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). Geobiology 8, 37–44.


Selected projects

  • Principal Investigator: Exceptional preservation of porphyrins in the fossil record – How common is it and what modes of preservation promote it? (Young researcher grant from the Swedish Research Council), 2016 – 2019

  • Principal Investigator: Calibrating and characterization of Mars analogue samples –In preparation for MOMA and Mars sample return (Swedish Space Board), 2016 – 2019

  • Co-Investigator, Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) team on ESA ExoMars mission, 2008 – present

  • Co-Investigator, COmetary Secondary Ion Mass Analyzer (COSIMA) team on ESA Rosetta mission, 2012-present

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • European assocation of organic geochemists

  • Geochemical Society

  • Swedish Astrobiology Network.

  • Nordic Network of Astrobiology.

Media coverage

  • Has acted as an expert on Astrobiology in media, for example when the Mars rover Curiosity landed (2012) and when methane was detected on Mars by Curiosity (2014). I have been

    interviewed in radio (P4, Ekot, Vetenskapradion), newspapers (TT, Expressen, Aftonbladet, Borås tidningar, DN) and journals (Forskning och Framsteg).

  • Was interviewed by media (TT, Borås tidningar, Ny Teknik, P4) when PNAS paper about mosquito was released in October 2013.

  • Was interview by radio (P4), newspapers (Borås tidningar) and TV (Västnytt, Landet runt) about the ROSETTA mission (2014-2015).

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