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Dr Laura Nuttall

Senior Lecturer



Research interests: 

  • Characterisation of the LIGO gravitational-wave detectors
  • Extracting gravitational-wave signals from LIGO/Virgo data, particularly those from compact object mergers
  • Observations of electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational-wave events


Roles and Collaborations:

  • Dignity & Respect Champion for the ICG
  • Outreach and Engagement Champion for the ICG
  • Member of the LSC Program Committee (2018 - present)
  • Member of LVC Allies (2016 - present)
  • Member of the GWOSC Review Committee (2015 - present)
  • Co-chair of Data Quality for the LIGO Detector Characterisation Group (2015 - present)
  • Member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (2009 - present)


I received an MPhys in Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology from Lancaster University in 2009, as well as the chancellor’s medal. I then moved to Cardiff University to study gravitational waves and work in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. My graduate research focussed on electromagnetic follow-up of gravitational-wave events; I received my PhD in 2013. I then moved to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where my research diversified to characterising the Advanced LIGO detectors. In 2015 I continued my doctoral research at Syracuse University, researching the application of data quality to the search for gravitational waves from the merger of compact objects. In 2017 I returned to Cardiff University as a Sêr Cymru MSCA COFUND Fellow. I then moved to the ICG in August 2018 to start a gravitational-wave research group with Andy Lundgren and Ian Harry.



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