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D. Michelle Bailey (Fed)

Dr. Michelle Bailey is a Research Chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Her research focuses on development and implementation of optical diagnostic techniques for atmospheric trace-gas detection. While completing her doctoral degree at the George Washington University, she championed three field campaigns in Fairbanks, Alaska to investigate carbon feedbacks above thawing permafrost and worked with local government and education officials to deploy low-cost carbon dioxide sensors within Washington, D.C. Her current research explores the use of broadband frequency comb spectroscopy for precision measurements of nitrous oxide, and other atmospherically relevant molecules, in static and dynamic environments.

Outside of the lab, Dr. Bailey participates in scientific advancement efforts through co-organizing technical sessions at international and domestic meetings, volunteering at regional STEM events, and serving on the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization that supports undergraduate and graduate students pursuing STEM degrees. She also serves as a Community Science Fellow in the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange program. As a member of the Science, Policy, and Engagement cohort, Michelle supports community leaders and researchers as they come together and use science to advance local priorities. She is currently working with a community in Ohio as they collaborate with researchers to establish an air quality monitoring network.

Dr. Bailey was recently selected by the U.S. National Committee for IUPAC to serve as a U.S. Delegate to the International Younger Chemists Network Delegates assembly for the 51st IUPAC General Assembly and 48th World Chemistry Congress.


Created October 30, 2018, Updated December 9, 2022