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About me...

I am AURA Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). I'm working within the Instrument Division as Instrument Scientist for NIRCAM, the near-infrared camera of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Currently I am the technical lead of the NIRCam team. I am also Research Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University, Center for Astrophysical Studies in Baltimore.

My main expertise is in the concept, development and operations of novel infrared instrumentation, both for ground and space astronomy.
I have built the MAX camera for the UKIRT telescope in Hawaii, the infrared channel of the WFC3 camera of the Hubble Space Telescope and conceived SPACE, a Dark Energy mission selected by ESA for the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 plan (now part of Euclid). Recently, I became especially interested in the use of MEMS technology for space applications. My main research field is Star Formation, the Orion Nebula in particular. I have led the HST Treasury Program on the Orion Nebula Cluster (GO10246), awarded with 104 orbits of HST time in Cycle 13 to study the Orion Nebula Cluster. This was the largest Hubble program ever dedicated to Star Formation in our Galaxy and has produced one of the most beautiful images ever made by Hubble (at least according to National Geographics...). The science data products for this project are avaialble on the STScI MAST archive here.   

Before joining AURA, I worked for the European Space Agency as Astronomer assigned to the Hubble program (1999-2005); earlier in my career, I have been staff astronomer at Max Planck Institut fuer Astronomie, Heidelberg (1995-1999) and Research Astronomer at Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino (1987-2005). I hold a degree in Physics and PhD in Astronomy from Univeristy of Torino.

Together with functional and research work, I take my share of community services as referee for main journals, panels, etc. I am currently member of the Executive Committee of the Senior Science Staff of the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Guess I should also mention that asteroid 2008 QE12 has been named after me (click here to see where it is now).

For my list of publications on the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) check Publications-ADS.
Pre/Reprints of most papers published on refereed journals can be found on arXiv.org at Publications-astroph

The purpose of this page is to provide my contact information, updates on my recent scientific research  or in advance of publication, distribute hard-to-find reprints of my functional reports, various data sets on star formation, some software tool, and a bit of personal information. 

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