Assistant professor at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, and researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare.
Marica Branchesi is assistant professor at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, and researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy. She is president of the commission of Gravitational Wave Astrophysics of the International Astronomical Union and member of the Gravitational Wave International Committee. She is a member of the Virgo Collaboration, where she served as co-liaison to coordinate the LIGO and Virgo collaborations’ electromagnetic follow up program to send gravitational-wave alerts in low latency from 2014 to 2018. She was as Virgo astrophysicist in the panel who announced to the world the first gravitational-wave signal from the coalescence of two neutron stars (at the NSF international press-release). She was named Scientist in Nature’s 10, the journal’s annual list of ten people who mattered in science in 2017. She was named in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of 2018. Her scientific interest lies in the (astro)physics governing emission, formation and evolution of black holes and neutron stars. Her research activity is aimed at developing the multi-messenger astronomy, which uses electromagnetic and gravitational-wave observations to probe the physics most energetic transient phenomena in the Universe.