Isabella Pagano got her Laurea degree in physics in 1990 from the University of Catania, Italy, where she also obtained the Ph.D. degree in physics in 1994. From 1998 to 1999, she joined the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA. She has been an Astronomer at the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania of the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) since 1993. Her main fields of interest are the study of exoplanetary systems and of magnetic activity phenomena in atmospheres of late-type stars. She uses data from ground- and space-based telescopes for her research and is strongly involved in the preparation of new space-based telescopes devoted to the discovery and characterization of exoplanets. During her career, Pagano has gained technological expertise in optical and UV instrumentation and competencies in project management. Among the services to the community, Pagano has been a Member of the ESA Astronomical Working Group in the period of 2010 to 2012, participating in the selection of the M1, M2, L1, and S1 missions of the Cosmic Vision Program of ESA. She has been a Member of the International Astronomical Union since 1994, servicing as the Member of the Organizing Committee of Division XI (High Energy Astrophysics) from 2009 to 2012. She is active in astronomy and space science education and outreach.
Biography Updated on 18 August 2013