Laura Mersini-Houghton is an Albanian-American theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. She is a Full Professor of Physics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a frequent Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge UK, and CITA University of Toronto Canada. Her ground breaking theory of the origin of our universe from a quantum multiverse, vindicated with observational evidence from the Planck satellite data, has turned the multiverse from a philosophical speculation to one of the most compelling and credible explanations of our universe’s origin, now firmly rooted in the scientific realm of research. Her proposal on using quantum entanglement in the wave function of the universe and fast forwarding its traces to present day, provided the scientific tools for investigating the multiverse. For the first time, it gave us the ability to peer beyond the limits of our universe to test our theories and to find our place as a humble member in a vast cosmos. Mersini-Houghton has been the subject of hundreds of articles in leading popular science magazines and has appeared in documentaries on the BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, Science Channel, as well as BBC and NPR radio. Her most recent book is Before the Big Bang: The Origin of Our Universe from the Multiverse.