Margaret Murnane is a Fellow of JILA and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado. She runs a joint, multidisciplinary, research group with her husband, Prof. Henry Kapteyn. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from University College Cork, Ireland, and her Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. In her research, she uses coherent beams of laser and x-ray light to capture the fastest dynamics in materials at the nanoscale. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.