Meet the Scientists

Many Worlds TV features a collection of out-of-the-box scientists from around the world, of every color, creed, and age. Their common denominator? An insatiable passion to know more, to keep discovering.

Chung-Pei Ma, a UC Berkeley professor of astronomy and head of the Massive Survey

Chung-Pei Ma

Astrophysicist, University of California, Berkeley

  • Immigrated from Taipei
  • One of the world’s foremost black hole hunters
  • Led teams that discovered several of the largest known black holes
  • Gifted, conseratory trained violinist
Jessie Christiansen at Palomar Ob

Jessie Christiansen

Astronomer, NASA

  • First generation college student
  • Discovers exoplanets
  • Deputy Science Lead at the NASA Exoplanet Archive
  • Women in STEM mentor and science communicator
  • Mom of twins
Juan Gilbert

Juan Gilbert

Human Centered Computing, University of Florida

  • First generation college student
  • Built a universal design voting machine
  • Uses technology to solve real-world problems
  • Heads the Human Experience Research Laboratory
  • Father of two

Caroline Solomon

Biological Oceanography, Gallaudet University

  • Deaf since infancy
  • Researches the effects of human activity on waterways
  • One of NPR's "50 Great Teachers"
  • Co-creator of the signs used for scientific terms in American Sign Language
  • Mother
Ashley Sanderlin

Ashley H. Sanderlin

Neuroscientist, Wake Forest Baptist Health

  • First generation college student
  • First African American to attain a PhD in Neuroscience at Michigan State University
  • Researches the relationships between diet, sleep, and Alzheimer's disease
  • Mother of two
Konstantin Batygin

Konstantin Batygin

Planetary Scientist, CalTech

  • Second generation scientist
  • Immigrated from Russia
  • Discovered Planet 9
  • Plays guitar in his rock band, The Seventh Season

Kizzmekia Corbett

Viral Immunologist, Harvard University and NIH

  • Central to the development of the Moderna mRNA vaccine
  • Responsible for the fastest vaccine development process in history
  • Time Magazine's 2021 "Time100 Next," with her profile written by Dr. Fauci
  • Auntie
Michael Habib USC Assistant Professor of Cell and Neurobiology photographed at the Natural History Museum, of Los Angeles County, Tuesday, September 15, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

Michael Habib

Paleontologist, USC & Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

  • Digs for dinosaur bones
  • Teaches gross anatomy to medical students
  • Combines art and science to re-imagine long-dead creatures
  • Named one of the 2014 Brilliant Ten in Popular Science
Ray Burks

Raychelle Burks

Analytical Chemist, American University

  • First generation college student
  • Develops tests for explosives and narcotics
  • Criminology researcher
  • Award-winning science communicator

Sean Carroll

Theoretical Physicist

  • First generation college student
  • Host of the popular podcast Mindscape
  • Best-selling author of four popular science books
  • Champion poker player
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Laurel Bristow

Infectious Disease Researcher, Emory University

  • Instagram science influencer (382k followers)
  • Uses social media to debunk science myths
  • Worked on the remdesivir trials during COVID

Andrew Huberman

Neuroscientist, Stanford University

  • Second generation scientist
  • Fitness expert
  • Formerly homeless, high school drop-out
  • Popular podcast host and social media presence (518k followers)
  • Discovered a method to partially reverse blindness

Ellen Ochoa

Veteran Astronaut, NASA

  • First Hispanic woman to go to space
  • First Hispanic director and second female director of Johnson Space Center
  • Research engineer and patent-holding inventor
  • Mother of two

Jess Phoenix


  • Founder of Blueprint Earth
  • Ran for a congressional seat in California
  • Author of Ms. Adventure
  • Popular TED speaker

Stephon Alexander

Cosmologist, Brown University

  • First generation college student
  • Immigrated from Trinidad
  • Professional jazz saxophonist
  • Uses music theory to explain string theory

Itzel Marquez

Chemical Engineer, Central Michigan University

  • Immigrated from Mexico
  • Focused on wastewater treatment and sustainable technology
  • Vocal advocate for LGBTQAI+ in science

Andrew Rader

Aerospace Engineer, Space X

  • 2013 Winner of Canada's Greatest Know-It-All
  • Works on top secret missions at SpaceX
  • Author of books for adults and children
  • Game designer
Dawnn Karen

Dawnn Karen

Fashion Psychologist

  • Model and practicing psychotherapist
  • Created the Fashion Psychology field
  • The youngest and first Black female psychology professor at the Fashion Institute in NYC

Bistra Dilkina

Computer Scientist, USC

  • Solves real-world sustainability issues with computer modeling
  • Use AI to preserve biodiversity and to help with urban planning
  • Leader in the newly emerging field of Computational Sustainability

Nadine Burke Harris

Physician, State of California

  • California Surgeon General
  • Award-winning pediatrician
  • Researches adverse childhood experiences public health
  • Popular TED speaker
  • Author of The Deepest Well
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