Christine Fanchiang

Christine grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area with parents who would bring her to the variety of science museums around California. That led her to fall in love with science at an early age, learning about everything from biology to space. As early as middle school, she was following these interests when she joined the local astronomy club and attended “Star Parties” with her older sister to collect cool NASA posters while looking at planets and galaxies through a telescope. In high school she volunteered at a brain research lab at UCSF, identifying and counting proteins that lined the blood brain barrier to understand how they might degrade from disease.

While obtaining her BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, she also studied neuroscience, and had the opportunity to work at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, researching the use of bacteria to isolate specific proteins that were important for brain development.

After graduation, she worked for Northrop Grumman as a systems engineer on a national weather satellite project. After taking Dr. Klaus’s Space Habitat Design class via the University of Colorado’s online program, she decided to return to school to pursue her interest in bioastronautics.

During her graduate studies in aerospace engineering, she worked on a number of interesting projects from designing a moon colony to support 30 crewmembers, to analyzing the internal layout of the Dreamchaser spacecraft, to building hardware for science experiments on the Space Shuttle and Space Station. With the support of a handful of generous scholarships, grants, and fellowships, she completed her doctoral thesis on “Developing a Framework for Quantifying Crew Accommodation and Utilization.”

Christine founded The Space Research Company in 2015 to promote research and innovation in space travel to facilitate her lifelong dream of living off-planet.