Gabriela González is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University (LSU), where there is a large group of people working on the detection of gravitational waves, both in theory and experiment. LSU is only 30 miles away from one of the two gravitational wave detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) project. González earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University, is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), and 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 they coalesce into single black holes.