Research Group: Astrobiology

Our team is conducting research in the following fields:

  • Limits of Life: Bacteria, Archaea, and Fungi (Biodiversity, ecology, adaptations, and bioprospection of marine and extreme environments)
  • Geobiology: Biosignature and microbial preservation.
  • Geomicrobiology: Interaction between microbes and minerals or metals and applications for space materials.
  • Development of new Bioinformatics Tools, Databases, and Lab Techniques.
  • Astrobiology and Planetary Protection.

Team Members:






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André Antunes

Associate Professor/
Group Head

  • Astrobiology;
  • Microbiology of Extreme Environments;
  • Geomicrobiology;


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David C Fernández Remolar

Associate Professor

  • Astrobiology;
  • Geobiology;
  • Planetary Geology;


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Marta Filipa Simões

Assistant Professor

  • Astrobiology;
  • Microbiology;
  • Applied Mycology;


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Huang, Ting

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Mars Analogues;


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Zhang, Jun Jie

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Biomineralization;
  • Material recycling



Hu, Qi Tao

PhD Student

  • Biosignatures;
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Wu, Jia Hui

PhD Student

  • New Astrobiology Databases;
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He, Yang

PhD Student

  • Limits of Life;

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