Winter 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to our Winter 2021 Newsletter, the first in a new series of quarterly updates focused on highlighting our program...

Hannah Dawson Awarded Hall Conservation Genetics Research Fund!

Hannah Dawson (Oceanography) was recently awarded the Hall Conservation Genetics Research Fund from the UW College of the Environment for her...

Spring 2021 Colloquium Speakers Announced

Our line-up for the Spring 2021 Colloquium series is being finalized and so far includes and mix of amazing experts...

Public Presentation at LPSC by Ken Williford on Mars 2020 Mission

The public is invited to hear from planetary scientists about the latest research and discussions occurring during the annual Lunar and Planetary...

Eliah Overbey Earns Graduate Certificate in Astrobiology

Eliah Overbey (Genome Sciences) successfully completed her dissertation defense on Monday March 1st and has earned her Ph.D. in Genome...


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