After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Astronomy and a diploma degree in Physics from the University of Vienna, Austria, Patricia was awarded a DOC f-Forte fellowship by the Austrian Academy of Sciences to pursue a PhD in gravitational waves.
She obtained her PhD from Cardiff University in 2014, after which she took up a joint postdoctoral appointment between the LIGO Laboratory and the Theoretical Astrophysics Including Relativity group at the California Institute of Technology, USA later that year.
After two years at Caltech, Patricia joined Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In 2018 she was awarded a prestigious VENI fellowship by the Dutch Research Council before being appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Birmingham in 2019.
Patricia is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 2010 -- the team that discovered the very first gravitational-wave signal in 2015.