Dr Christiansen grew up just over 20 kilometers from USQ’s Ipswich Campus at Peak Crossing, located in between Ipswich City and Queensland’s Scenic Rim. She attended St Mary’s College in the heart of Ipswich. Dr Christiansen is now based at NASA’s California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She is an astronomer in NASA’s Exoplanet Science Institute, and is one of the leading researchers working with NASA’s successful Kepler Space Observatory. To date, she has published 85 papers, which have been cited more than 6,000 times, giving her a SCOPUS H index of 38. Due to her involvement with the Kepler mission, she has been directly involved in the discovery of more than two-thirds of the 3,550 confirmed exoplanets detections to date.
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