Laura Mersini-Houghton

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Laura Mersini-Houghton
Born Tirana, Albania
Nationality Albanian
Institutions University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Alma mater Tirana University
University of Maryland
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Doctoral advisor Leonard Parker

Laura Mersini-Houghton (née Mersini) is a cosmologist and theoretical physicist, and associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Mersini-Houghton received her B.S. degree from the University of Tirana, Albania, and her M.Sc. from the University of Maryland. She was awarded a Ph.D. in 2000 by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. After earning her doctorate, Mersini-Houghton was a postdoctoral fellow at the Italian Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa from 2000 to 2002. In 2002 she had a postdoctoral fellowship for two years at Syracuse University. She accepted a job as faculty at University of North Carolina, and in January 2004, she started as assistant professor of theoretical physics and cosmology at UNC, and was granted tenure in 2008.


On October 11, 2010, Laura Mersini-Houghton appeared in a BBC programme What Happened Before the Big Bang (along with Michio Kaku, Neil Turok, Andrei Linde, Roger Penrose, Lee Smolin, and other notable cosmologists and physicists) where she propounded her theory of the universe as a wave function on the landscape multiverse.[1] Mersini-Houghton's work on multiverse theory is discussed in the epilogue of a recently published biography of Hugh Everett III.[2]


  1. ^ "Two Programmes - Horizon, 2010-2011, What Happened Before the Big Bang?". BBC. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  2. ^ "The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III" by Peter Byrne,ISBN 978-0-19-955227-6