Marco Cavaglia is Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Mississippi. A native of Italy, he earned a Ph.D. in Astrophysics at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste. Before joining the faculty at Ole Miss in 2004, he held positions as research scientist at Tufts University, the Albert Einstein Institut in Germany, the University of Beira Interior in Portugal and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, UK. During his career, Dr. Cavaglia authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and was the recipient of several research awards.

His scientific interests are in theoretical physics, gravitational physics (theory and experiment), astrophysics and science education. Dr. Cavaglia is a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory Scientific Collaboration (LSC). He has been serving as LSC Assistant Spokesperson since January 2012.

Marco was associate producer for LIGO, A Passion for Understanding and LIGO Generations.

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