Licia Verde is a cosmologist, currently ICREA Professor at the Instituto de ciencias del cosmos of the University of Barcelona. Her research interests include large-scale structure, dark energy, inflation and the cosmic microwave background. She received her degree fron Universita di Padova (Italy) a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She did postdoctoral study at Rutgers University and Princeton University and was faculty of The University of Pennsylvania. She was part of the WMAP science team has worked on large scale structure surveys such as the degree field galaxy redshift survey, Sloan digital sky survey and now the dark energy spectroscopic instrument collaboration.