Dr. Laura Cadonati is a Professor with the School of Physics and the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics at at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include gravitational waves and particle astrophysics, with focus on the detection, characterization and astrophysical interpretation of short-duration gravitational wave signals that are produced by cataclysmic astrophysical events such as the collisions of black holes or core collapse supernovae. She is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) since 2002, and a past member of the Borexino solar neutrino experiment at Gran Sasso.
Dr. Cadonati is deputy spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and past chair of the LIGO Data Analysis Council, and has as experience in creating and leading a National Science Foundation-supported LIGO group as a single investigator. She received her undergraduate degree in Italy, with a Laurea in Physics at the University of Milano, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has chaired in the Division of Gravity of the American Physical Society, and was awarded an NSF Career Award.
Her term with the Experiment Advisory Committee begins in the Fall of 2018.