Dr. Andrea Harrington is NASA's Mars Sample Curator located within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at the Johnson Space Center. Currently, Dr. Harrington is working with the Mars 2020 mission team to preserve inorganic, organic, and biological contamination knowledge samples (scientific baselines for terrestrial contamination) vital to the success of a potential Mars Sample Return Campaign. As a graduate student in geosciences and a postdoctoral fellow in environmental medicine, she has acquired a diverse background in toxicology, geochemistry, biology, petrology, and planetary sciences. Dr. Harrington will utilize her breadth of knowledge to not only protect samples from terrestrial contamination, but also to protect the curation staff and researchers from any hazardous returned samples.
Harrington AD, Szema AM, Tsirka SE and Schooner MAA (2017) The role of Iraqi dust in inducing lung injury in U.S. soldiers - An interdisciplinary study.
Harrington AD, Smirnov A, Tsirka SE and Schooner MAA (2014) Metalsulfide mineral ores, Fenton chemistry and disease Particle induced inflammatory stress response in lung cells. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.
Stemma AM, Reeder RJ, Harrington AD, Schmidt M, Liu JX, Golightly M, Rueb T, Hamidi SA (2014) Iraq Dust is Respirable, Sharp, and MetalLaden and Induces Lung Inflammation with Fibrosis in Mice via IL2 Upregulation and Depletion of Regulatory T Cells. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56(3):243251.
Harrington AD, Tsirka SE and Schooner MAA (2013) Inflammatory stress response in A549 cells as a result of exposure to coal - Evidence for the role of pyrite in coal workers' pneumoconiosis Pathogenesis. Chemosphere, 93(6):12161221.
Harrington AD, Tsirka SE and Schooner MAA (2012) Quantification of particle-induced inflammatory stress response: a novel approach for toxicity testing of earth materials. Geochemical Transactions, 13(4):110.
Harrington AD, Hylton S and Schooner MAA (2012) Pyritedriven Reactive Oxygen Species Formation in Simulated Lung Fluid: Implications for Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 34(4): 527538.
Stemma AM, Schmidt MP, Lanzirotti A, Harrington AD, Lyubsky S, Reeder RJ, Schoonen MA (2012) Titanium and iron in lung of a soldier with nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis and bronchiolitis after returning from Iraq. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 54(1): 12.
Schooner MAA, Harrington AD, Laffers R and Strongin DR (2010) Role of Hydrogen Peroxide and Hydroxyl Radical in Pyrite Oxidation by Molecular Oxygen. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 74 (17): 49714987.
McCubbin FM, Nekvasil H, Harrington AD, Elardo SM and Lindsley DH (2008) Compositional diversity and stratification of the Martian crust: Inferences from crystallization experiments on the picrobasalt Humphrey from Gusev Crater, Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 113(E11).