Link: Aerospace Microbiology Research Group
Aerospace Microbiology, Astrobiology, Filamentous Fungi, Education, Outreach
Doctorate (Ph.D.) Space Microbiology, German Aerospace Center (DLR) and University of Göttingen (GAUSS)
Focus: Filamentous fungi, Spores, Microgravity, Radiation, Mars analogues
Thesis: “Molecular and Morphological adaptation of Aspergillus niger to simulated spaceflight and Mars-like conditions”.
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ralf Moeller
Guest Scientist at:
Institute for Biotechnology TU-Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
BioServe Space Technologies (Boulder, CO)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA)
Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator (HIMAC), NIRS-QST (Chiba, Japan)
Master (M.Sc.) Molecular and Cellular Biology, FCUP
Focus: Molecular biology, Cell biology, Microbiology
M.Sc. Thesis: “Functional metagenomics in the identification of novel UV-resistance genes" At the Molecular Ecology Department at CAB, INTA-CSIC, Madrid, Spain.
Supervisor: Dr. José Eduardo Gonzalez Pastor.
Board of European Students of Technology (BEST)
Local Group Porto, Marketing coordinator 2012-2013
International Management Team and Educational Involvement Coordinator 2015-2016
Bachelor (B.Sc.) Biology, Faculty of Sciences University of Porto (FCUP)
Focus: Genetics, Molecular biology, Microbiology and Planetary Geology
B.Sc. Thesis: “Cloning and characterization of a MATE transporter from the medicinal plant Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don". At Bioactive Natural Products group, IBMC-INEB, Porto, Portugal.
Supervisor: Dr. Mariana Sottomayor.
Tom K. Scott Award recognizing students with excellent academic and/or professional achievements, and an outstanding potential for success in, and interest in the field of gravitational and space research. American Society for Gravitational and Space Research 2020.
Memberships: EANA (European Astrobiology Network Association); AbGradE (Astrobiology Graduates in Europe); VAAM (German Society for Microbiology); SPM (Portuguese Society for Microbiology); WIA-E (Women in Aerospace-Europe).
2016-now: Curator of Space Microbes
Science communication of Space Microbiology and Astrobiology
2017: Astrobiology: The search for life beyond Earth
Fungal Biotechnology in Space: Why and How? | SpringerLink
Frontiers | MARSBOx: Fungal and Bacterial Endurance From a Balloon-Flown Analog Mission in the Stratosphere | Microbiology (frontiersin.org)
Frontiers | Aspergillus niger Spores Are Highly Resistant to Space Radiation | Microbiology (frontiersin.org)
Design of a spaceflight biofilm experiment - ScienceDirect
Single-cell analysis reveals individual spore responses to simulated space vacuum | npj Microgravity (nature.com)
Bacillus subtilis Spore Resistance to Simulated Mars Surface Conditions (nih.gov)
See also Publications of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine and
elib - Publications of the DLR -> Marta Cortesão