Anna Ijjas is a theoretical cosmologist. A native of Hungary, she did her undergraduate studies in Munich. After a brief stint in the philosophy of physics that earned her an award-winning PhD in 2010, she completed another PhD in theoretical physics in 2014 at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She was named the inaugural John A. Wheeler Fellow at Princeton and spent the following two years at Columbia and Harvard as a Principal Investigator of the multi-national Simons “Origins of the Universe” Initiative. In 2019 she joined the Max Planck Society as a Lise Meitner Excellence Group Leader.