A Black woman with her hair tied back in a ponytail wears a dark jumpsuit and stands in profile facing the left side of the image.

Burnham, Dr.

(Portrayed by Sonja Sohn).

Dr. Gabrielle Burnham is the wife of Michael Burnham, Sr. and biological mother to Commander Michael Burnham. An extremely intelligent and capable woman, she is an astrophysicist and engineer, and was the one to originally build the Red Angel suit with her husband for Section 31, to give the Federation access to time travel. She was presumed dead after the Klingons attacked, attempting to destroy the suit -- but was actually able to get away by using the suit, to a point 950 years in the future, to which she became indelibly linked to.