Center for Microbiome Research | Zentrum für Mikrobiomforschung

Our Topic:

The Space Microbiome


Determining if life exists or ever existed beyond Earth is one of the most interesting scientific questions. Reports on numerous habitable planets have increased the speculations about potential extra-terrestrial life. In these projects, we are interested to analyze life which could potentially survive on other planetary bodies and to improve life detection in extreme terrestrial samples. Beyond, we are interested in the microbiome of the International Space Station, in order to understand how microorganisms behave under extreme situations and complete encapsulation.

associated projects:

Europlanet 2024 RI (EU 2020-2024)

Data mining and meta-analysis for microbial and human health during space flight (ESF/COSPAR, 2020)

ExoMars and Planetary Protection (DLR, 2017-2020)

Protection of Icy Moons - PMA Method

Europlanet RI (EU 2015-2019)

ARBEX: Archaeal and Bacterial Extremophiles onboard the international space station (FFG, 2015-2018)

MASE: Mars Analogues for Space Exploration (EU, 2014-2017)

Glacier-MASE: Amadee-15 (ÖWF)

Recent publications:

Mhatre, S., Wood, J.M., Sielaff, A.C., Mora, M., Duller, S., Singh, N.K., Karouia, F., Moissl-Eichinger, C. and Venkateswaran, K., 2020. Assessing the Risk of Transfer of Microorganisms at the International Space Station Due to Cargo Delivery by Commercial Resupply Vehicles. Frontiers in microbiology, 11, p.2729.

Ott, E., Kawaguchi, Y., Kölbl, D., Rabbow, E., Rettberg, P., Mora, M., Moissl-Eichinger, C., Weckwerth, W., Yamagishi, A. and Milojevic, T., 2020. Molecular repertoire of Deinococcus radiodurans after 1 year of exposure outside the International Space Station within the Tanpopo mission. Microbiome, 8(1), pp.1-16.

Weisleitner, K., Perras, A.K., Unterberger, S.H., Moissl-Eichinger, C., Andersen, D.T. and Sattler, B., 2020. Cryoconite Hole Location in East-Antarctic Untersee Oasis Shapes Physical and Biological Diversity. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11, p.1165.

Beblo-Vranesevic, K., Bohmeier, M., Schleumer, S., Rabbow, E., Perras, A.K., Moissl-Eichinger, C., Schwendner, P., Cockell, C.S., Vannier, P., Marteinsson, V.T. and Monaghan, E.P., 2020. Impact of Simulated Martian Conditions on (Facultatively) Anaerobic Bacterial Strains from Different Mars Analogue Sites. Current Issues in Molecular Biology, 38, pp.103-122.

Garcia-Descalzo, L., Parro, V., García-Villadangos, M., Cockell, C.S., Moissl-Eichinger, C., Perras, A., Rettberg, P., Beblo-Vranesevic, K., Bohmeier, M., Rabbow, E. and Westall, F., 2019. Microbial Markers Profile in Anaerobic Mars Analogue Environments Using the LDChip (Life Detector Chip) Antibody Microarray Core of the SOLID (Signs of Life Detector) Platform. Microorganisms, 7(9), p.365.

Mora, M., Wink, L., Kögler, I., Mahnert, A., Rettberg, P., Schwendner, P., Demets, R., Cockell, C., Alekhova, T., Klingl, A. and Krause, R., 2019. Space Station conditions are selective but do not alter microbial characteristics relevant to human health. Nature communications, 10(1), pp.1-18.

Rettberg, P., Antunes, A., Brucato, J., Cabezas, P., Collins, G., Haddaji, A., Kminek, G., Leuko, S., McKenna-Lawlor, S., Moissl-Eichinger, C. and Fellous, J.L., 2019. Biological contamination prevention for outer solar system moons of astrobiological interest: What do we need to know?. Astrobiology, 19(8), pp.951-974.

Weisleitner, K., Perras, A., Moissl-Eichinger, C., Andersen, D.T. and Sattler, B., 2019. Source environments of the microbiome in perennially ice-covered Lake Untersee, Antarctica. Frontiers in microbiology, 10, p.1019.

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