Tracy Northup is the Ingeborg Hochmair Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where she leads the Quantum Interfaces group. Her group’s research explores quantum interfaces between light and matter, focusing on trapped-ion and cavity-based interfaces for quantum networks and quantum optomechanics. Tracy received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2008. She then held an appointment as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Innsbruck, where she was the recipient of a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship and an Elise Richter Fellowship. She became an assistant professor at the University of Innsbruck in 2015 and has been a full professor since 2017. Notable research results include experimental demonstrations of ion-photon entanglement and quantum state transfer in an optical cavity, as building blocks for future quantum network nodes. In 2016, she received the START Prize, the highest Austrian award for young scientists, from the Austrian Science Fund.