British Columbia’s Unassuming Planetary Laboratory: How a Handful of Frozen Saline Lakes Can Help Us Understand Brines Across the Solar System

Zoom Link for Colloquium 05/24/2022 3:00pm PST. Please email astrobio@uw.edu for zoom presentation password Presented By Jacob Buffo Abstract: Introduction:  Mounting observational and...

Comparative Systems Neuroscience Lab Featured by Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon Public Broadcasting recently featured the work of our own Dominic Sivitilli, a graduate student in Psychology and Astrobiology. Learn...

Prebiotic Compartments for Protometabolism

Zoom Link for Colloquium 04/26/2022 3:00pm PST. Please email astrobio@uw.edu for zoom presentation password Presented by Sheref Mansy Abstract: Much progress has been...

Nitrogen and Phosphorus Biogeochemistry of Modern Lakes as Environmental Analogs for the Origin and Early Development of Life

Zoom Link for Colloquium 04/19/2022 3:00pm PST. Please email astrobio@uw.edu for zoom presentation password Presented By Sebastian Haas Abstract: The concentrations and stoichiometric...

“The Path to Habitable Worlds: Roadmaps, Missions, and Astro2020”

Zoom Link for Colloquium 04/05/2022 3:00pm PST. Please email astrobio@uw.edu for zoom presentation password Presented by Aki Roberge NASA Goddard Space Flight Center...


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