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Gabriela Gonzalez

Professor, Physics and Astronomy Department

About Gabriela

Gabriela González is a professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University searching for gravitational waves with the LIGO team.  She was born in Córdoba, Argentina, where she studied before pursuing her Ph.D. in Syracuse University, obtained in 1995. She was a staff scientist in the LIGO group at MIT, joined the faculty at Penn State in 1997 and moved to LSU in 2001.  She has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 1997, served as spokesperson in 2011-2017, and participated in the announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves in 2016.  Her group works on LIGO instrument development, reducing noise sources, and data diagnostics.


Honorary Doctorate, University of Buenos Aires (2020)
Elected member, Argentinian National Academy of Sciences (2019)
Named Louisiana State University System Boyd Professor (2019)
Honorary Doctorate, University of Glasgow (2018)
US National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery (awarded to Peter Saulson, David Reitze and Gabriela Gonzalez, 2017)
Bruno Rossi prize, High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical So- ciety (awarded to Gabriela Gonzalez and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, 2017)
Elected member, US National Academy of Sciences (2017)
Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2017)
One of “Ten people who mattered this year”, Nature Magazine (2016)
Elected Fellow, International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation (2010)
Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (2007)
Edward A. Bouchet Award, American Physical Society (2007)


LIGO group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology , 04/1995-08/1998


Physics, Syracuse University, 05/1995


Physics, Syracuse University, 05/1994


Physics, Cordoba National University , 12/1988

Interested in
  • Mentoring
  • Speaking
  • Professional Service (e.g. review panels)
  • Science Outreach
  • DEI/STEM Community Engagement
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