Coupling Planetary and Ecosystem Modeling to Asses Habitability and
Inhabitation in the Solar System and beyond

Stephane Mazevet Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, University Côte d’Azur, Nice (France) With thousands of exoplanets now identified, the characterization...

Congratulations to Fang-Zhen Teng, elected Fellow of the Geochemical Society

Fang-Zhen Teng has been elected a Fellow of the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry for an exceptionally strong...

Did life begin in a “warm little pond”?

Astrobiology graduate student Ula Jones was featured in a Wiki Education article for her contributions to Wikipedia's coverage of the...

UWAB 25th Anniversary Kickoff Event— Astronomy on Tap

Join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of UW Astrobiology at Astronomy on Tap (AoT) on Wednesday, February 28th at...

New NPP Opportunity Available with VPL!

To advance NASA's search for life on exoplanets, the Virtual Planetary Laboratory (VPL) focuses on a compelling scientific question: "How...


Over the past 20 years our program has trained the next generation of astrobiologists and made significant advances in understanding how to search for life beyond the Earth. Our program offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary dual-title PhD in a home department and Astrobiology, as well as a graduate certificate in Astrobiology. Our alumni have gone on to exciting careers at universities, government labs and elsewhere. Below we showcase the achievements of students, faculty and alumni, and on other pages you can learn about how to apply to our graduate program, learn more about our research and outreach activities, and find out the latest on our colloquium series and public events.


From Our Most Recent Newsletter

Research Highlight

Our UW Astrobiology Program members have made exciting scientific discoveries and published many research updates over the past year. Prof Brook Nunn (Genome Sciences) and her colleagues recently published their work detailing how polar microbes can shed light on ways to detect potential life in icy bodies in our solar system!

Alumni Updates

The UW Astrobiology Program has graduated over 60 alumni, who have exciting careers as faculty members, scientists, university researchers, industry specialists and, entrepreneurs. They’ve all been hard at work this past year and have shared some of their achievements, awards, and scientific publications with us here.


Recent Updates