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Mersini-Houghton, Laura


Office: 264 Phillips
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    • I am a Professor of Theoretical Physics and Cosmology at UNC-Chapel Hill


    • Scientific Trajectory:


  • Professor: UNC-Chapel Hill, NC
  • Associate Professor: UNC-Chapel Hill, NC, 2009
  • Assistant Professor: UNC-Chapel Hill, NC, 2004-2008
  • Visiting Professor: PI -Waterloo, ON, 2003
  • Postdoc: University of Syracuse, NY, 2002-2003
  • Postdoc: Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, 2000-2002
  • Ph.D: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 2000 *
  • M.Sc.: University of Maryland-College Park, MD, 1997.
  • Fulbright Scholar: University of Maryland-College Park, MD, 1994




    • Books:
  1.  Arrows of Time: A Debate in Cosmology
  2.  Cosmic Update: Dark Puzzles, Arrow of Time, Future History (Multiversal Journeys)



  • I am a member of the theory group of  Gravity, Cosmology, HEP (GCHEP) and of the Institute of Field Physics. You can read about the history and the tradition of excellence of the group and of the institute, supported by the Bahnson Fund, in  Bryce DeWitt’s Memoirs.

I am honoured to be named a UWM Distinguished Alumni. *



  • My research focuses on three main themes: origins of the universe and the fundamental nature of space and time; dark energy; quantum physics of the black holes.




The list of publications can be found here: