Marco Castellani was born in Rome, Italy, in 1963. He got his M.S. degree of doctor in physics in 1990, discussing a thesis concerning the amount of ultraviolet light emitted by most elliptical galaxies. In 1992, he obtained an annual grant at the Observatory of Teramo, to work on the development of a stellar population synthesis program. He received the Ph.D. degree in 1997, with a work focused on the stellar content of the dwarf spheroidal galaxies of the local group. He obtained a permanent position at the Rome Astronomical Observatory in 1998, where now he works as a research astronomer. He is mainly interested in globular clusters and in resolved stellar populations in nearby galaxies. He is the scientific referent for the development of the Data Mining WebApp on Globular Clusters in the DAME working group (University of Federico II, Naples, Italy). He is also involved in ESA-GAIA mission, where he works on scientific algorithms for photometric processing of blended stellar spectra. He is a senior scientist in ESA-PLATO mission.
Biography Updated on 24 March 2011