Michael Roberts, PhD

Deputy Chief Scientist
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

Michael Roberts, PhD, is Deputy Chief Scientist of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) where he works to solicit, select, develop and enable flight projects for the International Space Station National Lab. Prior to joining CASIS, Michael worked as a microbial ecologist, molecular biologist and group lead in the NASA Advanced Life Support program at the Kennedy Space Center. Michael has been Principle Investigator and Co-Investigator on NASA flight experiments on Shuttle and ISS focused on bacterial recombination, plant-microbe interactions and forward osmosis membrane technology for water recovery in microgravity. He has a Bachelor’s from Maryville College, a PhD in microbiology from Wesleyan University, and was a post-doctoral researcher in the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University and the RIKEN Institute in Wako-shi, Japan. For more information on CASIS see https://www.iss-casis.org/.