Marcos Diaz was born in São Paulo in 1964, graduate in physics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 1986, obtained the M.S. degree in astrophysics at INPE, Brazil, in 1989, and received the Ph.D. degree in astronomy from IAG University of São Paulo in 1993. He worked as a Research Graduate Fellow at NOAO/CTIO in 1991 and as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Münster University, Germany, and at Penn State University, USA. Returning to Brazil, he served as a CNPq Researcher at the National Laboratory for Astrophysics and as a Secretary of the Brazilian Astronomical Society. He is currently working as an Associate Professor at IAG University of São Paulo. He was also a Member of the Board of Directors of the SOAR Telescope and worked at Gemini and SOAR Time Allocation and Science Advisory Committees. Currently, he is teaching graduate courses at USP which include stellar atmospheres, close binaries, and observational astronomy. He specializes in the following areas of astrophysics: interacting binaries, novae, accretion disks, photoionized nebulae, and optical astronomical instrumentation.
Biography Updated on 3 January 2011