Professor Bannova, an alumna of the University of Houston, conducts research and design studies that address a variety of topics, including: planning analyses for a broad range of space vehicles, habitats and systems; inflatable hydroponics laboratory and logistic modules; special design influences and requirements for different gravity conditions in space; and habitat concepts for extreme environments on Earth. She is a corresponding member of International Academy of Astronautics, IAC Space and Society Symposiums coordinator, senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and chair of the educational subcommittee of the AIAA Space Architecture Technical Committee. Bannova earned her PhD from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in 2016, and Master in Architecture and M.S. in Space Architecture degrees from the University of Houston in 2001 and 2005, respectively and initiated several new educational and research projects. Prior to arrival to Houston she worked as a professional architect in Moscow, Russia, on industrial, office, and healthcare projects. Several of her designs have been built in Moscow city, Moscow and Leningrad regions.