Holden Alpern is a sophomore at the University of Florida studying Geology, looking to double major in Microbiology. After getting his degree, he aims to conduct graduate research in Geobiology: studying extremophiles, the origins of Earth life, and how we can find it on other worlds. Like many, he dreamed of exploring space as a child. Now, he strives to turn those aspirations to reality, helping Jan construct ALF at the FfAME lab and contributing to future projects for ALFA. His dream is to be lucky enough to one day see the Red Planet with his own eyes. When not studying or in the lab, you’ll find him rock climbing, kickboxing, lifting, or generally pondering with his cat Sylvie. He is currently training for a half-marathon race.