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Research Interests

Stellar astrometry and photometry, adaptive optics, PSF reconstruction, Galactic Center, globular clusters, stellar populations, astronomical instrumentation, astronomical imaging, observational strategies, data analysis software.


Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of Victoria 2017

Thesis "Advancing Next Generation Adaptive Optics in Astronomy: From the Lab to the Sky"

Advisors: David Andersen, Alan McConnachie

M.SC. in Astrophysics and Space Physics, University of Trieste 2012

Thesis "Sky coverage of a multi-conjugate adaptive optics system using only natural guide stars on Extremely Large Telescopes"

Advisors: Roberto Ragazzoni, Giorgio Sedmak

B.Sc. in Astronomy, University of Padova 2007

Thesis "The optical design of an experimental rigid corrector for static aberrations at the VLT prime focus"

Advisors: Roberto Ragazzoni, Giampaolo Piotto

Research Appointments

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley 2017–

Advisor: Jessica R. Lu

Professional Activities

Gemini North Adaptive Optics Science Team member 2019–

TMT IRIS Science Team member 2018–

Canadian Time Allocation Committee (CanTAC) referee 2018


Canadian Astronomical Society Board Award for Best Student Talk 2015

Students Mentoring

Mojtaba Taheri, University of Victoria, PhD 2015–2017

Advisors: David R. Andersen and Alan W. McConnachie. Served as student advisor

Steve Robinson, UC Berkeley, Undergraduate 2018

Advisor: Jessica R. Lu. Served as postdoc advisor

Teaching Experience

Professional Development Program, UC Santa Cruz 2018

Training in scientific teaching by the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators, with practical teaching experience

Teaching Assistant, University of Victoria 2013-2016

Astr250: Introduction to Astrophysics

Teaching Assistant, University of Victoria 2013

Astr102: Exploring the Cosmos

Talks and Posters

Invited Talks

Seminar at TMT offices 2018

Pasadena (CA), United States

MAVIS Science and Technical Workshop 2018

Sydney, Australia

Colloquium at Gemini South Observatory 2016

La Serena, Chile

Colloquium at Department of Physics and Astronomy 2014

Bologna, Italy

Contributed Talks

TMT Science Forum2018

Pasadena (CA), United States

Center for Adaptive Optics, Fall Science Retreat 2018

Lake Arrowhead (CA), United States

UC Galactic Center Group Workshop 2017

Los Angeles (CA), United States

Center for Adaptive Optics, Fall Science Retreat 2017

Lake Arrowhead (CA), United States

Space Telescope Science Institute, PSF Fitting Workshop 2017

Baltimore (MD), United States

SPIE Conference, Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2016

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes Conference 2015

Lake Arrowhead (CA), United States

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Astronomical Society 2015

Hamilton (ON), Canada


SPIE Conference, Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2014

Montreal (QC), Canada

Invited Research Visits

Gemini Observatory – Southern Operations Center, La Serena, Chile 2016

Analysis of the GeMS/GSAOI performance.

Università di Bologna – Department of Astronomy, Bologna, Italy 2014

Public Outreach

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Victoria, Canada. 2016

Talk on the history of adaptive optics at the Annual General Meeting.

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Victoria, Canada. 2015

Public talk at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory on adaptive optics and the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Gruppo Astrofili Polesani, Rovigo, Italy. 2014

Public talk on globular clusters and adaptive optics.

Legio I Italica, Italy. 2007-2012

Public presentations and school lectures on ancient and classical astronomy, mathematics and natural sciences.

Gruppo Astrofili Polesani, Rovigo, Italy. 1999-2008

Amateur astronomer, organizer of the public evenings at the local astronomical observatory, telescope operator, planetarium operator, member of the Board of Directors.