Licia Verde is an Italian theoretical physicist and cosmologist. Licia grew up in Venice, and began her undergraduate studies at the University of Padua. She received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2000.
At Princeton University, Licia did a postdoctoral study, which lead to a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Since 2007 she has been a Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies Professor of Astronomy and Physics at the University of Barcelona. From 2012-2013 she was a scientific associate at CERN. Between 2013-2016 Licia took a professorship at the University of Oslo. She was simultaneously a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University.
Licia Verde is primarily known for her research work on the cosmic microwave background, inflation, dark energy, galaxy clusters, statistical applications and data analysis, and the large scale structure of the universe. Her research has shown how galaxies trace the distribution of dark matter. The results showed scientists how the distribution of galaxies predicates on dark matter. She has also worked for a NASA space mission as an analyst and interpreter of cosmic microwave background data. Her research group at the University of Barcelona studied measurements and constraints on cosmological parameters describing the detailed composition and structure of the cosmos, as well as the formation of cosmological structures and the expansion history of the universe. Licia developed a way to infer the physical properties of dark energy by studying the universe’s history of expansion. Today her research largely concentrates on dark energy.
Verde was in the Spanish comedy movie The Laws of Thermodynamics and also the PBS series Closer to the Truth. She also edited the Physics of the Dark Universe Journal. She is currently the editor of the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. In 2019 she became the chair of the science advisory board for arXiv, from Cornell University. ArXiv is an open online archive of scientific papers that have been moderated but not yet peer reviewed. Since 2016 they have received over 10,000 submissions per month.