Dr Laura Nuttall

Dr Laura Nuttall

Sêr Cymru MSCA COFUND Fellow
Gravitational Physics Group

School of Physics and Astronomy

53 The Parade, 52 The Parade, Cardiff, CF24 3AB

I am a Sêr Cymru MSCA COFUND Fellow in the Gravitational Physics Research Group. My research focusses on:

  • characterisation of the LIGO gravitational-wave detectors
  • extracting gravitational-wave signals from LIGO/Virgo data, paricularly those from compact object mergers
  • observations of electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational-wave events

I have been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration for 8 years and am currently co-chair of the data quality sub-group within the LIGO Detector Characterisation Group. I am also a Kavli Fellow.

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.

Honours and awards

  • Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research - as part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (2017)
  • Kavli Fellow (2016)
  • Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics - as part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (2016)
  • Gruber Cosmology Prize - as part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (2016)
  • Bessie Jones Postgraduate Bursary: Most Outstanding Postgraduate Research Student 2011-2012 - Cardiff University (2012)
  • LIGO Scientific Collaboration Poster Prize at the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration Meeting (2011)
  • E4 Computer Engineering SpA Award for the best scientific contribution of a young student at GWDAW 14 (2010)
  • The Princess Alexandra Medal - Lancaster University (2009)
  • Pendle College Outstanding Academic Achievement Award - Lancaster University (2009)
  • Physics Prize in recognition of work during each year of study, received every year of study - Lancaster University (2006-2009)
  • Pilkington Award for excellent performance at Part 1 of MPhys studies - Lancaster University (2006)
  • Eliahou Dangoor Scholarship - Lancaster University (2005)

Academic positions

  • Nov 2017 - Present: Sêr Cymru MSCA COFUND Fellow, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, UK
  • July 2017 - Oct 2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, UK
  • April 2015 - June 2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics, Syracuse University, New York, USA
  • August 2013 - March 2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Leonard E Parker Center for Gravitation, Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  • October 2009 - July 2013: Doctor of Philosophy, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, UK
    Thesis Title: Electomagnetic Follow-Up of Gravitational-Wave Candidates
  • October 2005 - July 2009: MPhys Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology (First Class with Honours), Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

Speaking engagements

Below are a list of my speaking engagaments, which include both colloquia and invited talks at conferences:

  • IAUS 338: Gravitational Wave Astrophysics: Early Results from GW Searches and Electromagnetic Counterparts, Baton Rouge, LA, USA (2017)
  • The Promises of Gravitational Wave Astronomy, The Royal Society, London, UK (2017)
  • Colloquium at University of Bath, UK (2017)
  • Colloquium at University of Las Campinas, Brazil (2017)
  • Colloquium at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada (2017)
  • Colloquium at University of Guelph, Canada (2017)
  • Israeli-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, University of California - Irvine, CA, USA (2017)
  • JINA-CEE Frontiers in Nuclear Astrophysics, Michigan State University, USA (2017)
  • Compact Star and Gravitational Waves, Kyoto University, Japan (2016)
  • Colloquium at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada (2016)
  • Colloquium at Lancaster University, UK (2016)
  • JINA-CEE International Symposium on Neutron Stars in the Multi-Messenger Era: Prospects and Challenges, Ohio University, USA (2016)
  • Colloqiuim at Colgate College, NY, USA (2016)
  • Colloqiuim at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA
  • General Relativity & Gravitation: A Centennial Perspective, Penn State, USA (2015)











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