Maria Spiropulu is an experimental particle physicist at the California Institute of Technology. Born and educated in Macedonia/Greece, she moved to the U.S. to pursue her Ph.D. at Harvard. Upon completion, she was a Fermi Fellow at the Enrico Fermi Institute, and she worked at the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) and at CERN as a Physics Researcher. Spiropulu’s research focuses on the search for dark matter and the ways dark matter cuts across particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Her research efforts target instigating innovation in data analyses and creative thinking towards answering fundamental questions on the physics of the universe at the largest and smallest length scales while pioneering alternative “new physics” search analyses platforms. While researching elementary particles and their interactions at Fermilab’s Tevatron and CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), Spiropulu used, for the first time, the double blind data analysis method in searches for supersymmetry at the Tevatron.