Who am I?

I’m Marta Cortesão, a PhD Student at the Space Microbiology Research Group at the DLR (German Aerospace Center). On my PhD I am studying filamentous fungi (aka mold) and their morphological and molecular adaptation to space conditions: mainly simulated microgravity (or near weightlessness) and Radiation.

I love travelling, ballet, going to the movies, Astrobiology and everything that has to do with Space Microbes. But most of all, I love to communicate science!

What am I up to?

For the latest updates, check the News tab!

As a PhD student, I am involved in several projects, with different collaborators. One of the most amazing ones was MARSBOx: we sent mold and other microbes on a Balloon flight up to Earth’s stratosphere with the help of the Aerobiology Lab at NASA Ames Research Center. You can find more about this cool group here.

Where can you find more about me?

How to get in contact?

Are you a student searching for further opportunities in the areas of Astrobiology, Space biology or Space microbiology? 
Drop me a message on facebook, instagram or twitter  – I would be happy to help!

Are you considering me for a science outreach activity? 
Contact me at spacemicrobes.contact@gmail.com and let’s make that happen!