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I’m Marta Cortesão, a Junior Researcher at the Aerospace Microbiology Research Group at the DLR (German Aerospace Center).
My research interests include: adaptation of microorganisms to space conditions (radiation, vacuum, migrogravity, Mars-like conditions,etc.); in situ resource utilization with focus on fungal biomining of Moon dust; microbiology of indoor habitats (airplane cabins; space stations), with focus on decontamination strategies.
During my PhD I studied how filamentous fungi (aka mold) resisted to space radiation, and how it grew under simulated microgravity (or near weightlessness).
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!