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Hi! I’m Christine. I like collecting projects and experiences which I hope will one day render me able to solve any problem I find interesting or important. It’s slow going at points but I have a lot of fun exploring and creating things in a variety of fields.

I just completed my PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Zurich under Professor George Lake and Professor Romain Teyssier. I do research in computational astrophysics, high performance computing, and big data visualization. I’m primarily interested in the gravitational force, which I consider the most beautiful and mysterious of all of nature’s fundamental forces. In February 2015 I begin a postdoc in theoretical physics at Caltech; I now live and work out of Los Angeles, California. .

Prior to that I’ve worked at BBN Technologies, MIT CSAIL, MIT Media Lab, Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs Site), FAST Search and Transfer, MIT, JHU, and MIT MEET as a software engineer, research scientist, and programming instructor. Prior to/during that I studied Physics and Computer Science (double major) and Mathematics and Philosophy (double minor) at MIT and obtained a Master’s degree in Astrophysics from UZH.

In my free time, I have tended to do a lot of open source and mobile application development oriented around technical activism, gender based violence and social justice. I was the co-lead of the iOS team at Open WhisperSystems (encrypted communications), and technical lead on the Circle of 6 and Encyclopedia apps.

Visit http://www.christinecorbettmoran.com for a detailed look at my projects.

One final thing: I applied to be a NASA astronaut (update: rejected), and certainly plan to see the Earth from space one day. I later applied for a winter-over in Antarctica as a telescope operator (update: rejected). I’ll certainly try both again, and am working on improving my chances.

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