IMG_20171018_183310I´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 and their morphological and molecular adaptation to space conditions: mainly simulated microgravity (or near weightlessness) and Radiation.

Follow the Fungi in Space project at researchgate!

I am also working on a NASA-funded project called BFS (Biofilm in Space). We will send Penicillium rubens (a fungus) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (a bacteria) to the International Space Station (ISS) on a SpaceX flight on late 2018/early 2019! You can find more about the project here.

Besides that I love travelling, ballet, Astrobiology and everything that has to do with Space Microbes. To know a bit more about Astrobiology, check my TEDx talk at TEDxUniversityofPorto here.

Where can you find more about me?


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