Dr. Michaela Musilová is an astrobiologist and the Director of the HI-SEAS analog space research station. Michaela studied and conducted research at the California Institute of Technology, University College London, University of Bristol, Chiba University, International Space University (ISU), and others. She worked for NASA, University of London Observatory, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, and was the Commander of over 30 simulated missions to the Moon and Mars. She is also a visiting Professor at the Slovak University of Technology, Faculty at ISU, and the Head of Research of the satellite technology company NEEDRONIX.

Michaela has received numerous prizes and research grants, including the Emerging Space Leaders Grant from the International Astronautical Federation; Women in Aerospace – Europe Young Professional Award, and she was selected as one of the most promising 30 under 30 by Forbes Slovakia.
She is also actively involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program, as a patron of Slovakia’s program and the global program’s Emerging Leader. Furthermore, Michaela regularly teaches, gives lectures and keynote presentations, works with international media, and is STEM Punks educational program’s Advisory Board Member. She also writes articles for Space.com and co-authored her biography, A Woman from Mars.