Dr. Christine Gulbranson

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Dr. Christine Gulbranson
🏡 ResidenceUnited States
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma materUniversity of California, Davis BS Physics; BS chemical engineering; MA chemical engineering; PhD chemical engineering and materials science; MBA
💼 Occupation

Christine A. Gulbranson is the first Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer for the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the University of California system. The Regents of the University of California approved her appointment in 2016 and she reports directly to the UC President.[1] Gulbranson holds five degrees from University of California, Davis in Davis, California.


Gulbranson was born near Ukiah, California, USA.[2] She earned five degrees from UC Davis: a bachelor’s in physics; a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in chemical engineering and materials science; and an MBA. In 1997, Gulbranson joined the University of California Office of the President as the Director of Research Collaborations. In 1999, she transferred to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to accelerate technology commercialization.

In 2000, Gulbranson founded Christalis [3], a strategic advisory firm specializing in entrepreneurship, business development, and technology transfer startups.

From 2007 to 2010, Gulbranson was a senior fellow with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In 2011, Gulbranson helped launch Advanced energy economy and was the founding CEO of the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization.


Gulbranson was named as an "Innovator of the 21st Century" by MIT Technology Review and "40 under 40" of Silicon Valley business leaders. She also received a S.E.T Award for excellence in Science, Engineering and Technology Portrayals.[1] In 2013, Gulbranson received the UCD Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal for Achievement in Business award.[4]


Gulbranson has two patents to her name:

Patent 7535029 B2 "Material System for Tailorable White Light Emission and Method for Making Thereof"[5]
Patent 6774560 B1 granted August, 2004, "Material System for Tailorable White Light Emission and Method for Making Thereof"[6]

TV Appearances[edit]

Gulbranson served as a judge on the Discovery Channel's The Big Brain Theory.[7][8]


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