My main research interests are the observational study of extrasolar planets and brown dwarfs (objects not massive enough to ignite hydrogen fusion), in particular their discovery and characterisation on the basis of optical/infrared observations with imaging, spectroscopic, and interferometric instruments.
I am a physicist with a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics. I work as Support Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute on the James Webb Space Telescope project. My functional work is focused on the NIRISS instrument and the observatory’s guiding instrument FGS.
I specialised in the use of high-precision astrometry, that is the measurement of stellar positions in the sky plane, obtained from a variety of instruments on ground and in space. To make these measurements possible, I contribute to new instruments and surveys and I develop techniques that push the capabilities of existing facilities.