Nergis Mavalvala

Nergis Mavalvala

Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics and Associate Department Head, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Staff Scientist, LIGO Laboratory

Nergis Mavalvala is a physics professor and the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she has been on the faculty since 2002. Her research links the world of quantum mechanics, usually apparent only at the atomic scale, with gravitational waves, arising from some of the most powerful yet elusive forces in the cosmos. Mavalvala was a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist at the California Institute of Technology between 1997 and 2002. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010, and she is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America.

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