Gabriela González is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University, where she conducts research on the detection of gravitational waves with a large group of people working on the subject, both in theory and experiment. LSU is only 30 miles from the LIGO Livingston Observatory.
Professor González has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) since 1997, and in 2011 she was elected as its spokesperson. Her group is involved with the characterization of the noise in the LIGO detectors, with the calibration of the detectors, and with the analysis of the data. In analyzing the data, she searches for the waves produced by binary systems of compact stars in the last orbits of their cosmic dance, before coalescing into a single black hole.