Mirjam Cvetič, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Ljubljana in 1979 and 1981, respectively, and received her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland in 1984. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and has joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 1987, where she was appointed the Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Endowed Chair Professor in 2003 and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Mathematics since 2015.
She is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society since 2001. She won the University of Maryland Physics Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007 and is a recipient of the prestigious Friedrich von Siemens Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2020. She has served as an Editor of Physics Letters B (2000-2020) and has been appointed the Lead Editor of Physical Review D in 2020.
Mirjam Cvetič is regarded as an outstanding expert in fundamental issues relating to string theory and its consequences for fundamental particle physics. Her efforts encompass broad thrusts in fundamental theory, ranging from fundamental aspects of gravitational physics (fundamental work on black holes in String Theory) and work at the interface with differential and algebraic geometry (discovery of new metrics with special holonomy), to leading efforts in constructions of String Theory solutions and the study of their physics implications (recent Standard Model constructions with the exact spectrum of quarks and leptons in the geometric phase of String Theory, the so-called F-theory).