Annalisa Calamida got her Masters degree in Physics at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” in 2003, and obtained the degree of PhD in Astronomy at the Rome Observatory – INAF in 2007. Her research is focused on the study of stellar populations to understand the formation and evolution of our Galaxy. She analyzed images and spectra collected with different ground-based telescopes managed by the European Sothern Observatory (ESO) and by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), and images collected with HST. She was part of the European Extremely Large Telescope Science Office for four years, working on imaging and spectroscopic simulations of stellar fields. She is now a postdoctoral research fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute, working on HST data of the Galactic bulge to study the properties of evolved stars, such as white dwarfs, and to identify isolated black holes and neutron stars in the Milky Way through the detection of gravitational micro-lensing events.
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(Image credit: Gerald Bruneau)