Dr. Michaela Musilová, MSci.

Dr. Michaela Musilová, MSci.

Michaela Musilova is an astrobiologist with a research focus on life in extreme environments (extremophiles). Michaela has a PhD degree from the University of Bristol (UK) and she studied and conducted research at University College London (UK), the California Institute of Technology (USA), Chiba University (Japan) and others. She is also a graduate from the International Space University (ISU)’s Space Studies Program, 2015. Michaela’s astrobiology and space research experience includes: working on astrobiology and planetary protection research projects at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; simulating lunar and planetary surfaces through NASA’s and the UK Space Agency’s MoonLite project; searching for exoplanets at the University of London Observatory; and being an analogue astronaut at the Mars Desert Research Station, USA (2014 & 2017). She has also received numerous prizes and grants, including the Emerging Space Leaders Grant from the International Astronautical Federation (2016); Women in Aerospace – Europe Student & Young Professional Award (2016) and she was selected as one of the most promising 30 under 30 by Forbes Slovakia (2015). Michaela is actively involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, as a patron of the programme in Slovakia and an Emerging Leader Representative for Europe, Mediterranean and Arab states. She is currently the Chair of the Slovak Organisation for Space Activities (SOSA), a visiting professor at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, a lecturer for ISU and the Masaryk University (Czech Republic), and a senior research adviser for Mission Control Space Services Inc.. Michaela also enjoys participating in STEAM outreach activities from teaching at schools, giving public presentations, to working with the media and more, as well as encouraging people to pursue their dreams.