B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biology, Principal Investigator at the Institute of Marine Sciences, and member of the Sustainable Offworld Network (SONET) and of project Nüwa
Laia Ribas is a senior researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). She studied at the University Autonomous of Barcelona where she obtained her Ph.D. in biological sciences in 2006. She worked as a postdoc at the Imperial College of London, United Kingdom. She leads her own research team (Repro-Immune Team) to study the effects of the environmental factors on the sexual phenotype of fish, focusing on the interactions between the reproductive and the immune systems. She is interested in identifying molecular markers with the aim of improving aquaculture production. She is a member of SONET and participated in the awarded Nüwa project to design a city for 1 million people on Mars. She is committed to outreach by participating and leading projects, e.g. Sex in the Sea-ty.
- Space Biology – Aquaculture on Mars: exploring hostile environments for food productivity
- Space Biology – Martian bottle: generae drinking water and light from the solar energy
- Outreach & Communication – CatMart: looking for Martian life
- Outreach & Communication – Hypatia cards: playing and learning science