Nicole Larsen defended her Ph.D. thesis at Yale in 2016. At Yale, Nicole worked as a member of the LUX collaboration to search for direct signatures of the elusive dark matter holding galaxies together. In the process, she helped put some of the tightest limits in existence to the interaction rate of dark with ordinary matter. She’s now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago’s Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, where she works on the BICEP/Keck experiments (at the South Pole!!!) to detect relic gravitational waves from the Big Bang, using the cosmic microwave background.