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EuroVO-DCA IST members

CNRS : Dr. Mark G. Allen (Chair)

Dr. Mark G. Allen obtained his PhD in astronomy from the Australian National University in 1998. After a postdoctoral position at the Space Telescope Science Institute (1998-2001) he worked as a researcher at the Observatoire de Strasbourg with the role of CDS project scientist for the European RTD AVO project. In 2004 Dr. Allen entered the CNRS as charge de recherche to pursue Virtual Observatory science at the CDS and within EURO-VO. Dr Allen is currently chair of the IVOA Applications Interest Group, and a member of the VO-TECH science team.

ESA : Matteo Guainazzi

Matteo Guainazzi got his PhD in astronomy at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy) on October 1996. Besides a two-year Research Fellowship at ESA/ESTEC (1997-1999), he has been mainly working in science operations of high-energy missions, at first (1995-1997) in the Science Operations Centre of the Italian-Dutch mission BeppoSAX, and then (1999-present) for the ESA cornerstone mission XMM-Newton, covering various responsibilities in the fields of instrument calibration and cross-calibration, community support, data analysis software development, and archive design. Since the beginning of 2006 he has been Archive Scientist for the ESA-VO (Virtual Observatory) project. His scientific interests have mainly focused toward the high-energy emission of Active Galactic Nuclei, and the properties of the circumnuclear gas. He has published 114 papers (as of December 2006) in refereed scientific journals, 36 of them as first author.

ESO : Dr.Piero Rosati

Dr.Piero Rosati obtained his PhD in astronomy from University of Rome in 1995, carrying out most of his thesis project at Johns Hopkins Univeristy (1992-1995). He had a postdoctoral fellowship at JHU (1995-1997) and then moved to ESO as a Fellow. He became ESO staff Astronomer in 1999, full astronomer in 2005. At ESO, he has been the Deputy of the VLT Programme Scientist, later a VO Scientist and he is currently the head of the Advanced Data Products group in the Virtual Observatory System Department. His scientific interests lie in observational cosmology. He has lead major X-ray and optical surveys to study the formation and evolution of clusters, galaxies and AGN.

INAF : Dr. Santi Cassisi

Dr. Santi Cassisi obtained his degree in Physics at the University of Pisa and his PhD in physics from the University of L'Aquila (Italy). After a postdoctoral position at the Astronomical Observatory of Meudon (France), he worked at the Astronomical Observatory of Teramo (Italy) since 1998. His current working position is that of Associate Professor at the Astronomical Observatory of Teramo. His main research interests are the following: theoretical stellar astrophysics; stellar evolution and computation of models for low-mass and intermediate stellar structures, interpretation of observed Colour-Magnitude-Diagrams of field stars, globular and open clusters; checking of the accuracy and reliability of stellar models; testing of the reliability of the physical inputs adopted in model computations; calibration of stellar primary distance indicators and their use for deriving the distance to galactic and extragalactic stellar systems; use of the stellar observables for deriving the value of parameters of cosmological relevance. In these last months, He is working in order to make his archive of evolutionary models VO compliant (URL: He is member of the EuroVO-DCA internal science team and of the Theoretical Astrophysics Expert Group.

INTA : Dr. Eduardo Martin

Dr. Eduardo Martin obtained his PhD degree in Astrophysics in 1993 from the University of La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain. He joined the Anton Pannekoek Institut of the University of Amsterdam as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow in 1994 for 1 year, then he moved to a support astronomer position at Teide observatory which he hold for 3 years. He worked in the USA for 8 years, first as Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, later as a visiting scholar in Caltech, and finally as assistant professor of the Institute for Astronomy in the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In 2003 he joined the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias as staff researcher. His main scientific interests are brown dwarfs, extra solar planets, very low-mass stars, star formation and stellar evolution.

MPG : Dr. Niv Drory

Dr. Niv Drory obtained his PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Munich, Germany, in 2002. His PhD research focused on galaxy formation and evolution using on large-area surveys of distant galaxies. After completing his thesis, Niv Drory went to the University of Texas at Austin, USA, on a postdoctoral fellowship. There he continued his research on galaxies at high red shift. In 2006, Niv Drory accepted a tenure-track position at the Max-Planck Instutute for Extraterrestial Physics, in Garching, Germany. Here he is involved in research projects involving galaxies in the distant universe as well as the local universe, and innovative instrumentation and data analysis projects.

NOVA : Dr. Gijs A. Verdoes Kleijn

Dr. Gijs A. Verdoes Kleijn obtained his PhD in astronomy from Leiden University, the Netherlands, in 2002. His PhD research was done fifty-fifty at Leiden Observatory and at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA. Afterwards Gijs became an ESO fellow at ESO Garching (2002-2005). Currently, Gijs Verdoes Kleijn works on a postdoctoral position in the OmegaCEN group (wide-field imaging expertise centre) at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen, The Netherlands. Here he is involved as an astronomer with Astro-WISE. Astro-WISE is an environment to archive, calibrate and analyze astronomical wide-field imaging surveys using software and hardware resources federated over Europe. Gijs Verdoes Kleijn's main research interests are active galactic nuclei, in particular radio galaxies, and their connection to galaxy formation and evolution.

LU : Dr Jonathan Tedds

Dr Jonathan Tedds obtained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1997 specialising in near-IR research into dynamical interactions in star forming regions. There followed appointments at the University of Leeds as a University Research Fellow and then Royal Commission 1851 Research Fellow. Since 2001 he has been working at the University of Leicester in the XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre on the multi wavelength follow-up of X-ray serendipitous surveys in order to definitively characterise the bulk of objects contributing to the X-ray background. The complexity of correlating, mining and visualising large and diverse multi wavelength datasets led to work including Gamma Ray Burst identification and hence to Jonathan Tedds' ongoing Virtual Observatory research and appointment as a UK AstroGrid scientist since 2005 and promotion to Research Fellow and now as a member of the European VO DCA IST.

-- MathiasDepretz - 15 Jan 2007

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