Kennda Lynch may spend a lot of time on an ancient lake basin in Utah, but in her mind she's picturing herself on a barren Martian landscape, searching for proof of past life. That's because the paleolake contains minerals also discovered on Mars, and her work could help determine where the Mars 2020 Rover mission will land. Lynch, a postdoctoral research fellow with the School of Biological Sciences, is on Georgia Tech's team for the NASA Astrobiology Institute, which helps the space agency develop scientific goals for future missions. She was recently profiled by her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Illinois, where she majored in biology and engineering. Her profile on the university's Industrial Systems Engineering website can be found here.