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Adjunct Researcher Appointments

We are delighted to announce that Prof Antonella Natta has been appointed an Adjunct Professor and Dr Léa Griton an Adjunct Fellow in the Astronomy & Astrophysics Section at DIAS.


Professor Antonella Natta

Areas of Research: circumstellar disks, planet formation, young stars and brown dwarfs.    

Academic Career:

  • Senior scientist (astronomo ordinario) at the Osservatorio di Arcetri, Firenze 2001-2011 – Associate astronomer at the Osservatorio di Arcetri, Firenze, 1989-2001.
  • CNR, Research staff at the Istituto di Astronomia Spaziale, Frascati, 1973-1982; at the Centro per l’Astronomia Infrarossa e lo Studio del Mezzo Interstellare, Firenze, 1983-1989.
  • ESA and CNR fellow 1970-1975.
  • Visiting scientist for extended periods of time at the University of Groningen (Holland), Cornell University, the University of Texas at Austin, The University of California at Berkeley, NASA-Ames, Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie (Bonn, Germany), Amsterdam University (Holland), IAP (Paris), Max-Planck Institut fur Astronomie (Heidelberg), Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, ESO.

Last 5 years activity:

  • 43 papers, for a total of 1165 citations.
  • Panel member for ERC advanced grants (2016-2019).
  • SOC member of 2 international conferences.
  • Participation to many international conferences.
  • Referee for international astronomical journals, agencies, universities etc.

Dr Léa Griton

Dr Léa Griton received a BSc in mechanical engineering from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (now Sorbonne Université) in 2013, followed by an MSc in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space engineering from the Observatoire de Paris in 2015 and then a PhD in astrophysics from Paris Science et Lettres University (PSL Research University) in 2018. She is now a post-doctoral researcher in plasma physics in the Solar System. During her post-doc at IRAP, Toulouse, she studies the origin of solar wind variability in Alexis Rouillard’s team, within the SLOW SOURCE project funded by the ERC. Being associate scientist to the BepiColombo ESA/JAXA mission and Co-I of the MEA/MPPE instrument of the MIO probe, she also explores Mercury’s magnetosphere with numerical simulations. Her other fields of research concern the magnetosphere of Uranus, and the magnetospheres of exoplanets that have not yet been discovered.