Dr. Kollmeier received a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2000. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics before obtaining a Ph.D. at Ohio State University in 2006. She was a Carnegie-Princeton and Hubble Fellow at the Carnegie Observatories and Princeton University until 2008, when she became a member of the permanent faculty of the Carnegie Observatories. She was the first theoretician hired to the observatories, where she started the program in theoretical astrophysics. Her work lies at the intersection of computational, theoretical and observational astrophysics.