Elena Sabbi

Who I Am

I am a star formation and cluster evolution scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute. I use Hubble and Webb to study how stars form and evolve in the most massive clusters in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies. I am interested in understanding how local and global conditions shape the early evolution of stars and clusters, the properties of primordial binaries, and the initial mass function. I am the PI of several HST programs, including the Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project (HTTP) and GULP: Galaxy Legacy UV Project.


What I Do

I am the Deputy Head of the STScI Science Mission Office. Previously I led the Webb Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) Branch through development and commissioning, and the Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) Branch in the in the Instrument Division.


My Work

From near to far, this is a small collection of some of the astronomical targets I studied. If you want to know more about my work, you can read my refereed and other publications, including Reach for the Stars, an interactive astronomy iBook designed to expose all students, including those with visual impairments and other print disabilities, to critical STEM content. Reach for the Stars was honored with the 2014 "Hands On!" award from the National Braille Press.