Licia Verde

Universitat de Barcelona

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Originally from Venice (Italy) Licia Verde studied physics as an undergraduate at the Università degli Studi di Padova. She obtained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh (UK) sponsored by a Marie Curie grant from the EU, and then moved to a research assistant position at Princeton University and at Rutgers University (USA). At Princeton she held a Chandra postdoctoral fellowship and a Spitzer postdoctoral fellowship and she entered the WMAP science team. She spent 4 years as faculty at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). In September 2007, she moved to Barcelona as an ICREA Research Professor.

Research interests

I am interested in Cosmology, which is the study of the origin, evolution and composition of the universe. One of the recent discoveries in cosmology is that more than 70% of what makes up the universe is not even matter, but something that suggests that some energy is associated with the nothingness of vacuum. This component has been dubbed "dark energy". Dark energy may as well be one of the major problems in physics today and is motivating a host of future and planned experiments. I study the "large-scale distribution of galaxies" and the statistical properties of the heat left over from the big bang to shed some light on the universe composition, including the dark energy component, and its history.

Selected publications

- Simpson F, Jimenez R, Pena-Garay C & Verde L 2017, 'Strong Bayesian evidence for the normal neutrino hierarchy', Journal Of Cosmology And Astroparticle Physics, 6, 029.

- Bernal JL, Bellomo N, Raccanelli A & Verde L 2017, 'Cosmological implications of primordial black holes', 2-10, JCAP, 10, 052.

- Gil-Marin H, Percival WJ, Verde L, Brownstein JR, Chuang C-H, Kitaura F-S, Rodriguez-Torres SA & Olmstead MD 2017, 'The clustering of galaxies in the SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey: RSD measurement from the power spectrum and bispectrum of the DR12 BOSS galaxies', Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 465, 2, 1757 - 1788.

- Verde L, Bernal JL, Heavens AF & Jimenez R 2017, 'The length of the low-redshift standard ruler', Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 467, 1, 731 - 736.

Selected research activities

- ERC Consolidator grant BePreSySE

- Narcis Monturiol Medal

- 2018 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics (with the WMAP team)

- Editor of Physics of the Dark Universe

- Editor of Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

- This year I started scaling up my research group. Up to date information can be found here. Investigations ranged from cosmological constraints on neutrino masses, robustness of the interpretation of cosmological measurements to implications of primordial black holes (if they exist in large enough number) on cosmological observations.