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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.



Education


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



Awards


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


Posters


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.