Welcome to Space Microbes!

Space Microbes is all about science outreach, science art, creativity and the adventures of a PhD student in Space Microbiology!

Hopefully it can tell you a bit more about space (micro)biology, space missions, space experiments, astrobiology research and much more!

To know more about Space Microbiology, check this Twitter course on prepared as part of #EUROmicroMOOC, the first international online course in microbiology! You can find it here!

To know more about Astrobiology, check my TEDx talk at TEDxUniversityofPorto here.

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! 

 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.

Space Biofilms: a NASA-funded project called Space Biofilms. We have sent Penicillium rubens (a fungus) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (a bacteria) to the International Space Station (ISS) in November 2019! You can find more about the project here.

MARSBOx: we have also 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.

You can also follow my overall PhD project Fungi in Space on researchgate.

Marta Cortesão Space Microbes

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