Aditya Chopra obtained an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Western Australia and graduated with 1st class Honours in astronomy at the Australian National University. He completed his PhD in 2015 at ANU and his thesis was entitled: "The Origin and Evolution of Life on a Pale Blue Dot: Astrophysical, Geochemical and Biological Constraints on Habitability". He was an Australian Endeavour Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Hawaii and is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington.
Aditya was recognised as a finalist for Student of the Year in the 2013 ANU Alumni Awards and was awarded the 2013 Robert Hill Memorial Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in the Earth Sciences. He also won First Prize at the 2012 Three Minute Thesis Competition at ANU and the Vice-Chancellor’s Community Outreach Award in 2011. He was part of the Australian delegation to the 2014 Commonwealth Science Conference and the 2013 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting.
As a science communicator, he is committed to sharing the results of his research work and passion for science through public lectures and high school visits, online blogs and engagement with print, radio and social media.