Marica Branchesi is Assistant Professor at the Gran Sasso Science Institute.  She is member of the Virgo Collaboration, where she serves as co-liaison to coordinate the LIGO and Virgo collaborations’ electromagnetic follow up program to send gravitational-wave alerts in low latency. She is president of the commission of Gravitational Wave Astrophysics of the International Astronomical Union and member of  the Gravitational Wave International Committee. Her scientific interest lies in the (astro)physics governing emission, formation and evolution of black holes and neutron stars. Her research activity is aimed at developing the multi-messenger astronomy, which uses electromagnetic and gravitational-wave observations to probe the most energetic transient phenomena in the sky.