SGAC Announces the Winner of the SGx2024 Northrop Grumman YP/Student Lightning Talk Scholarship

In partnership with Northrop Grumman, SGAC is pleased to announce Fay Ghani as the winner of the Northrop Grumman YP/Lightning Talk Scholarship! Fay will attend the 9th SGx (March 18-19th, 2024) and SATELLITE conference (March 18th-21st, 2024) in Washington D.C., USA. Congratulations!


Fay Ghani is a medical researcher currently working with the Center of Regenerative Biotherapeutics at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. Her research focuses on sending stem cells into space with NASA and investigating stem-cell based therapies developed in microgravity for patients in the future. She received her Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) degree with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and was the recipient of two highly competitive research scholarships, awarded by the School of Medicine Foundation and Te Pūnaha Ātea Space Institute. During her studies, she was a TEDx speaker in 2019. Then, in 2022, she was the youngest panelist on the Global Space Workforce Panel at the International Humans in Space Summit in Sydney, Australia, the largest space biology meeting in the Asia-Pacific region. Her medical research journey has taken her to different laboratories and institutes in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Fay is also a part of the Space Medicine and Life Science (SMLS) Project Group committee at SGAC. Her lifelong passion is to study human physiology in space and encourage others to join the journey! She believes today’s technological advancements in both medicine and space technology make it an exciting time to uncover human health among the cosmos and prepare for exploration of other planets while also benefiting human health on Earth.

“It is an honor to be awarded the Northrop Grumman Scholarship to share my knowledge and passion with others! Addressing human health in space is a reminder of the interdisciplinary nature of scientific advancements.”