Curriculum breve (English)

Curriculum breve Piero Rosati, astrofisico


Piero Rosati, born in Rome (Italy) on 30/4/1963. Italian nationality
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PR is primarily an observational astrophysicist working in the field of cosmology, with a broad and deep expertise in multi-wavelength surveys, as well as in imaging and spectroscopic studies in the optical-IR and X-ray bands of distant galaxy clusters, galaxies and Active-Galactic Nuclei. In his early carrier, spent primarily at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA), he constructed the first large sample of distant X-ray selected galaxy clusters (ROSAT Deep Cluster Survey) and used these data to constrain cluster evolution and cosmological parameters. He had a co-leading role in the Chandra Deep Field South project by planning the X-ray survey, carrying out a multi-wavelength program of source identification and publishing the first scientific results. He led the ESO-GOODS public survey in the context of the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS) project, designed to study galaxy formation and evolution over cosmic history. He led several studies of the most distant galaxy clusters -with HST/ACS, Chandra and two VLT Large Programme - investigating their galaxy populations and mass distributions with lensing and dynamical techniques.He was involved in the definition of the  Euclid mission as a member of the ESA Science Study Team. He is currently engaged in the study of the dark matter distribution in massive clusters and distant primordial galaxies exploiting strong gravitational lensing.  As a staff astronomer at ESO, he was deputy of the VLT Programme Scientist, he led the Advanced Data Product group and the Hubble Legacy Archive group, and has been an Instrument Scientist of VLT spectrographs. PR is author and coauthors of more than 400 articles in refereed journals (H-index=103) and over 100 articles in non-refereed journals.




• Astrophysics Full Professor at University of Ferrara, Italy
• 400 refereed papers in international journals, >100 in non-refereed journals (as of 9/2023)
• 4 publications in Nature, 3 in Nature Astronomy, 2 in Science
• ADS H-index: 103 (Sep 2023), total number of citations >37000
• 40 Invited and Review talks at International Conferences since 2001
• 22 Colloquia and Seminars in 15 scientific/academic institutes in EU and US since 1999



1995:  Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Rome “La Sapienza”

1989:  Laurea in Fisica, University of Rome “La Sapienza”(110/110 cum laude)



Since 9/2013: Full Professor of Astrophysics at University of Ferrara, Department of Physics and Earth Sciences (Italy)



• 1999–2013: Staff Astronomer at ESO (European Southern Observatory, Garching, Germany).

Positions and responsibilities at ESO: Project Scientist and Instrument Scientist, Deputy of the VLT Programme Scientist, Head of the Hubble Legacy Archive group, Head of the Advanced Data Products Group

• 2005   May-Dec: Associate Astronomer at INAF Trieste Observatory (on leave).

• 1997–1999: ESO- European Southern Observatory Fellow (Garching, Germany)

• 1995–1996: Johns Hopkins University  (Baltimore)  Postdoctoral Researcher

• 1992–1994: Johns Hopkins University  (Baltimore)  Research assistant (visiting graduate student)

• 1992: “Angelo della Riccia” research fellowship at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD (USA)

• 1990: “Angelo della Riccia” research fellowship at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (USA)



• Courses taught at University of Ferrara (Physics): Elements of Astrophysics (BSc), Experimental Astrophysics (BSc), Observational Cosmology (MSc), Astrophysical probes of dark matter (PhD); Fisica I (for BSc in Chemistry)

• 20 Invited Lectures/Courses on Observational Cosmology and Extra-galactic Astronomy in 14 International Schools in the last 15 years

• Lecturer at the IRAP (International Relativistic Astrophysics Program) PhD Erasmus school

• Outreach activity in Italy since 2013: >10 public seminars and lectures in high schools



19 PhD/Master Theses supervised since 2000 at ESO, MPA (Munich, Germany) and University of Ferrara, and 4 postdoctoral fellows



• Member of Scientific Organizing Committees of 28 international meetings (1999-2023), Chair or co-Chair of 11 of those.

• Co-founder and Science Board Member of the Sexten Center for Astrophysics (BZ, Italy)



• Coordinator of the International Joint PhD Programme in Relativistic Astrophysics – UniFe–USTC (China) (since June 2021)

• Chair B.Sc./M.S. Physics Courses (University of Ferrara) (10/2016 - 6/2017)

• Member of PhD Board (Collegio di Dottorato), University of Ferrara (since 2013)

• Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of ICRANet (International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics Network) (since 2010)


- COMMISSIONS OF TRUST [last 15 years]

• Time allocation committees of NASA Hubble Space Telescope, NASA Chandra, ESA Herschel and several major ground-based telescopes

• Referee for all major astrophysical journals, ERC Advanced/Starting grants, ANVUR and other national funding agencies in Europe, US and Chile

• ESA mission THESEUS: Core Team, Coordinator WG "Synergies with other facilities"

• Member of VLT/MAVIS (MCAO Assisted Visible Imager and Spectrograph) Science Team

• Euclid Cluster Science Working Group member (External data WP coordinator) (2013-2020)

• Member of the ESA Euclid Science Study Team (2008-2009) – Co-chair of the Cosmology and Simulations working groups

• Member of the E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope) Science Working Group (2008-2012)

• Member of the ESO Survey Team (2006-2008)

• Chair of the VLT/Sinfoni Instrument Science Team (2000-2004)

• Member of the HST/ACS (Advanced Camera for Surveys) science team (1999-2008)

• Hubble Legacy Archive Board member (2007-2011)

• Topical Editor of il Nuovo Cimento B - Area: Astrophysics (2009-2010)


- FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS, PI of international projects and funding

• Stephen Murray Distinguished Visitor Program of the High Energy Division at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, MA (USA), Sep 2017

• Visitor Scientist at the “Excellence Cluster Munich”, Garching b. Muenchen, Jul 2016

• Visitor Scientist at the “Excellence Cluster Munich”, Sternwarte Muenchen, Jun-Jul 2015

• Visitor Scientist at the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara (USA), Mar 2011

• Visitor Scientist at the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara (USA), Nov 2004

• Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA (1998-2002)


•Co-I of National grant PRIN-MIUR2020 (2021-- on going) (458 KEur), coordinator of University of Ferrara node ("GRAAL: GRAvitational lensing in galaxy clusters next-generation proposAL")

• PI of National grant PRIN-MIUR2017, 2019—2023 (620 KEur) (WSCC32, “ZOOMING:  Zoom in Observations Of Massive clusters and INfant Galaxies”)

• Responsible of UniFE node for H2020 funded project AHEAD2020 (153,000 Eur)

• PI of ASI program ``Analisi dati, Teoria e Simulazioni'' (ASI-INAF n. 2017-14-H.0)  (15 KEur)

• Responsible of UniFE node for H2020 funded project AHEAD (190,000 Eur)

• Local PI (Univ. Ferrara) PRIN-INAF 2014 grant (44,000 Eur)

• PI of ASI Contract (2015-2017), “Upgrading Facility LARIX” (110,000 Eur)

• Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates (EJMD) program, IRAP (International Relativistic Astrophysics) Ph.D. (18,000 Eur) (2014-2017)

• Recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship funded by CAPES (Brazil)-ICRANet program (2014-15)

• DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) grants for 20,000 Eur (2008-2012)

• Junior PI in the Excellence Cluster Universe - Area E (Munich University, 2008-2012)

• 12 ESO Director General Discretionary Fund grants (1999-2012)

• PI ASI/INAF grant in 2005 at Osservatorio INAF Trieste (27,000 Eur)

• PI of four NASA grants associated with Chandra awarded time (990 ksec)

• PI of NASA grant associated with 22 orbits of HST time Cycle 7 ($83,517)

• PI of NASA Astrophysics Data Program grant (1996, $61,742)

• PI of two ESO Large Programmes. PI of >20 programs with ground-based telescopes
(at NOAO and ESO, since 1996)

• ESO Project Scientist of the Great Observatory Origin Deep Survey (2003-2009)

• Co-PI and co-founder of the Chandra Deep Field Survey (2000-)

• Della Riccia Foundation starting fellowship, Firenze (Italy) 1990, 1992