Professor Chiara M. F. Mingarelli is a gravitational-wave astrophysicist, currently based at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (previously Caltech), where she holds a Marie Curie Fellowship. Professor Mingarelli received her PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 2014. Her core research is focused on using pulsar timing arrays to detect low-frequency gravitational waves, with forays into electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational-wave events, such as fast radio bursts. Professor Mingarelli’s honours and awards include being named APS “Woman Physicist of the Month” for November 2016, her thesis being published in the Springer Thesis Series (2015), and grants from the Royal Astronomical Society and the UK Institute of Physics for both research and outreach. She has written an invited guest article for Scientific American and contributes to Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.