• The University of Western Australia (M468), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

I am currently interim Science Director and Director of the Graduate Program at  The University Western Australia's node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, .

I obtained a joint Ph.D. at Milano Bicocca University (Italy) and Universite de Marseille Provence (France). After the Ph.D., before taking on my current position at ICRAR, I have worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Cardiff University (2006-2010), at the European Southern Observatory (2010-2013) and Swinburne University (2013-2015).

I moved to UWA in 2015 as a Senior Research Fellow and held an ARC Future Fellowship between 2018 and 2022.

Research interests

My research is in the area of observational extragalactic astronomy, and my main interest is the study of the physical properties of galaxies and their dependence on redshift and environment using large, multi- wavelength datasets. The multi-wavelength approach is at the foundation of my research activity, as it is the only way to trace all the baryonic constituents of galaxies and to reveal how the Universe formed and evolves. I am an expert on the study of the interstellar medium and environmental effects in nearby galaxies, and I contributed to the success of several large legacy surveys with ground- and space-based facilities (e.g., GALEX, Herschel, Arecibo, AAT).

Teaching overview

I am currently the Director of ICRAR's Graduate program. Between 2018 and 2020 I led the expansion of the Astronomy and Astrophysics specialisation of the Master of Physics degree. Prior to this, I was the unit coordinator of the Optical and Radio Astronomy Techniques unit for the Master of Physics (Astronomy and Astrophysics).

Engagement

I am a proud advocate of Equity and Diversity. I have chaired ICRAR's DEI committee between 2018 and 2022, and have been a member since 2016. I am currently also a member of UWA's Gender Equity and DVCR Gender Equity committes. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Rayonnemant & Plasmas, PhD, Aix-Marseille Université

Award Date: 13 Dec 2005

Physics & Astronomy, PhD, University of Milan - Bicocca

Award Date: 13 Dec 2005

Research expertise keywords

  • Galaxy evolution
  • Galaxy evolution and star formation
  • Astrophysics and astronomy
  • Astronomical data processing

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