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I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Internation Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, The University Western Australia.

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).

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, at the European Southern Observatory and Swinburne University.

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Research Output 2002 2019

  • 7453 Citations
  • 51 h-Index
  • 178 Article
  • 4 Review article
  • 1 Letter
1 Citation (Scopus)
107 Downloads (Pure)

A numerical twist on the spin parameter, lambda (R)

Harborne, K. E., Power, C., Robotham, A. S. G., Cortese, L. & Taranu, D. S., Feb 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 483, 1, p. 249-262 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

101 Downloads (Pure)

Atomic gas fractions in active galactic nucleus host galaxies

Ellison, S. L., Brown, T., Catinella, B. & Cortese, L., 1 Feb 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 482, 4, p. 5694-5703 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
monatomic gases
active galactic nuclei
stellar mass
3 Citations (Scopus)

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): Environmental quenching of centrals and satellites in groups

Davies, L. J. M., Robotham, A. S. G., Lagos, C. D. P., Driver, S. P., Stevens, A. R. H., Bahé, Y. M., Alpaslan, M., Bremer, M. N., Brown, M. J. I., Brough, S., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Cortese, L., Elahi, P., Grootes, M. W., Holwerda, B. W., Ludlow, A. D., McGee, S., Owers, M. & Phillipps, S., 11 Mar 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 483, 4, p. 5444-5458 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

mass ratios
3 Citations (Scopus)

KROSS-SAMI: a direct IFS comparison of the Tully-Fisher relation across 8 Gyr since z approximate to 1

Tiley, A. L., Bureau, M., Cortese, L., Harrison, C. M., Johnson, H. L., Stott, J. P., Swinbank, A. M., Smail, I., Sobral, D., Bunker, A. J., Glazebrook, K., Bower, R. G., Obreschkow, D., Bryant, J. J., Jarvis, M. J., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Magdis, G., Medling, A. M., Sweet, S. M., Tonini, C. & 10 othersTurner, O. J., Sharples, R. M., Croom, S. M., Goodwin, M., Konstantopoulos, I. S., Lorente, N. P. F., Lawrence, J. S., Mould, J., Owers, M. S. & Richards, S. N., Jan 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 482, 2, p. 2166-2188 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

SDSS-IV MaNGA: The Roles of AGNs and Dynamical Processes in Star Formation Quenching in Nearby Disk Galaxies

Guo, K., Peng, Y., Shao, L., Fu, H., Catinella, B., Cortese, L., Yuan, F., Yan, R., Zhang, C. & Dou, J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Astrophysical Journal. 870, 1, 11 p., 19.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Projects 2015 2021


Swinburne Vice-Chancellor's Award

Luca Cortese (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Award

honors and awards

Vainu Bappu Gold Medal

Luca Cortese (Recipient), 2017


Activities 2008 2019

The life and death of star-forming galaxies

Luca Cortese (Chair)
18 Mar 201922 Mar 2019

Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution to a conference

Mentorship Program

Luca Cortese (Mentor)
2019 → …

Activity: Service and engagementMentorship

Grant Peer Reviewer

Luca Cortese (Assessor)

Activity: Consultancy/industry and government engagementGrant review responsibilities

Optical Astronomy Techniques

Luca Cortese (Coordinator)
2017 → …

Activity: Teaching and learningCourse or unit development

Int Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) (Organisational unit)

Luca Cortese (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: MembershipsMembership of committee


Advanced Optical Astronomy

Luca Cortese



Press / Media

Scientists discover more about the ingredients for star formation

Luca Cortese


3 media contributions

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Astronomers shed light on different galaxy types

Luca Cortese


2 media contributions

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Galaxy trailed by stunning plume of gas

Luca Cortese


2 media contributions

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