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Laura Gagliardi is the Richard and Kathy Leventhal Professor in the Department of Chemistry, with joint appointments in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and the James Franck Institute. She also directs the Chicago Center for Theoretical Chemistry.

Prof. Gagliardi became an assistant professor at the University of Palermo in 2002. In 2005, she became associate professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. She joined the University of Minnesota as a professor of chemistry in 2009, was appointed as Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 2014, and was awarded a McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in 2018. She also also been serving as the director of the DOE-funded Energy Frontier Research Center called Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center since 2014.

Gagliardi has received the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, the Award in Theoretical Chemistry from the Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society, the Humboldt Research Award, and the Bourke Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, among others. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. She is a member of Academia Europaea, the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, and the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, which is the leading theoretical chemistry journal in the world.