Lígia obtained her BSc degree in Biology from Instituto Superior de Agronomia and her MSc degree in Microbiology from Instituto Superior Técnico. In 2018, she became a PhD candidate in Astrobiology and an MIT Portugal Program Bioengineering fellow. Her PhD work focused on the study of ice and water samples from the Arctic as a proxy to extra-terrestrial life on icy worlds. In 2019, Lígia was the co-author of a space biology payload project that flown on the same year on-board of the New Shepard (Blue Origin). Lígia’s research project at Cornell University, as a Fulbright Schuman grantee, will focus on the study and creation of databases of biosignatures that serve as a tool for space missions searching for extra-terrestrial life.

Cornell University

Grant duration: 9 months