Prof. Charles Cockell

Professor of Astrobiology

School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Interests 

My research interests are focused on understanding how life adapts to extreme environments. Our current activity includes studies on how microbes extract energy and nutrients from rocks and what genes life requires to persist in the planetary crust. We are also undertaking studies of life under high radiation environments and in environments at below background levels of radiation. Other projects are investigating the habitability of fluids on Mars and whether that planet ever had conditions suitable for life. I am also Director of the UK Centre for Astrobiology.

Email Address 


School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Edinburgh, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Room 1502, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, The King's Buildings Edinburgh, EH9 3FD


+44 (0) 131 650 2961


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