Dr. Michaela Musilova is an astrobiologist with a focus on life in extreme environments.
She has a PhD degree from the University of Bristol (UK). Michaela studied and conducted research at University College London (UK), 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.
Michaela’s space research experience includes working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; University of London Observatory; on NASA’s and UK Space Agency’s MoonLite project; being an analogue astronaut in NASA’s and the University of Hawaii (UH)’s HI-SEAS simulated mission to Mars, and commander of such a mission at the Mars Desert Research Station.
Michaela is currently the Director for HI-SEAS missions, as part of UH and the International MoonBase Alliance.
She is also a visiting professor at the Slovak University of Technology, vice-chair of the Slovak Organisation for Space Activities (SOSA), lecturer for ISU and a senior research adviser for Mission Control Space Services Inc.
Michaela has received numerous prizes and grants, including the Emerging Space Leaders Grant from the International Astronautical Federation (2016); Women in Aerospace– Europe Young Professional Award (2016) and the 30 under 30 Forbes Slovakia recognition (2015).