Luisa Cifarelli has been Full Professor of Experimental Physics in Italian Universities since 1991. She is now based at the University of Bologna.
Her research interests have always been in the domain of very high energy subnuclear physics, in the framework of international collaboration experiments at major European laboratories such as CERN and DESY, and also in the domain of astroparticle physics at INFN LNGS.
In the last fifteen years she has been involved in the design, construction and running of the huge time-of-flight detector of ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) at CERN LHC (Large Hadron Collider). The experiment is meant to study proton-proton and nucleus-nucleus (Pb-Pb) collisions at extreme energies, where fascinating phenomena, such as the deconfinement of quarks and gluons (in Pb-Pb), can be investigated and where unexpected discoveries could be made.
She is currently participating also in the EEE experiment to search for extended air showers with an unprecedented network of muon tracking telescopes installed in high schools across the whole Italian territory and in the DarkSide project to search for dark matter at LNGS with a large liquid Argon detector under construction.
She is involved in several editorial activities, in particular she is the current Director of La Rivista del Nuovo Cimento and the former Editor in Chief of EPJ Plus, she is a member of the Editorial Board of EPJ C and a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of NIM A.
She has served in several councils, committees and commissions, she has been a member of the CERN Council and the INFN Board of Directors. She is Past President of the European Physical Society (EPS).
She is a member of the Scientific Council of JINR, Russia, and a member of the Scientific Council of CNRS, France.
She is President of the Italian Physical Society (SIF), Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), a member of the Committee of International Scientific Affairs (CISA) of the American Physical Society (APS), and a member of the Scientific Committee of Centro Majorana (EMFCSC).
She is a member of the Academia Europaea, and a member of the Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna.
She is President of Centro Fermi.
 CERN – European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva, Switzerland
 DESY – Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (German Electron Synchrotron), Hamburg, Germany
 INFN – Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italian National Institute of Nuclear & Subnuclear Physics), Italy
 LNGS – Laboratorio Nazionale del Gran Sasso (Gran Sasso National Laboratory), L'Aquila, Italy
 EPJ – The European Physical Journal
 NIM – Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research
 JINR – Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia
 CNRS – Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France
 Centro Majorana – EMFCSC – Fondazione "Ettore Majorana" e Centro di Cultura Scientifica ("Ettore Majorana" Foundation & Centre for Scientific Culture), Erice, Italy
 Centro Fermi – Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche "Enrico Fermi" ("Enrico Fermi" Historical Museum of Physics and Centre for Study & Research), Rome, Italy
- Publication of over 900 scientific papers appeared as articles in
international scientific journals, in international conference,
school or workshop proceedings, as well as proposals, internal
notes or reports (CERN, INFN, DESY, EMFCSC).
- Editing of many volumes of proceedings of international
scientific schools and workshops organized and directed, as
well as of other volumes (of collected papers, etc.).
- Presentation in many occasions of scientific results and research
projects in various national and international meetings
(conferences, schools, workshops), as well as in various scientific
steering committees of INFN and CERN.
- Invited seminars in several universities (in Italy and abroad)
and international laboratories and organisations (CERN, DESY, JINR, CNRS, EMFCSC, Academia Sinica