Who am I?

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!

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!