He studied Astronomy at the University of Padova, where he
obtained his Laurea degree on 17 March 1999 ``summa cum laude''.
For his thesis, he studied how the cluster galaxies affect the
statistical properties of gravitational arcs.
Few months later, he started his training in astronomical
research by visiting the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics
(MPA) in Garching bei Munchen, where he worked in the cosmology
group led by Prof. Simon D.M. White.
He started his Ph.D. in Astronomy at Padova University in
December 1999, under the supervision of Prof. Lauro Moscardini.
During the doctorate studies he continued to collaborate with
scientists from the MPA and he was granted with two EARA Marie
Curie Fellowship for working there.
During the Ph.D., Dr. Meneghetti has developed his research in
the field of cosmology, in particular studying the cosmological
applications of strong gravitational lensing by galaxy clusters.
Part of the work has been carried out in the framework of a
national collaboration including several institutes in Italy,
aiming at studying the connection between dark and baryonic matter
in clusters and groups of galaxies. He also took part in an
international collaboration between the MPA, the Astronomy Dept. of
the University of Padova, and the SISSA in Trieste, aiming at
investigating the evolution of galaxy clusters in cosmological
models with dynamical dark energy.
He received the Ph.D. on 28 January 2003, discussing a thesis
entitled "Strong gravitational lensing by galaxy clusters: a tool
for cosmology". In this thesis, he extensively discussed the
applications of strong lensing by clusters in the field of
Cosmology, dedicating particular attention to the "arc statistics"
For his Ph.D. work, Massimo Meneghetti has been awarded with
the ''Livio Gratton Prize'' being recognized as the author of the
best Ph.D. thesis in Astronomy and Astrophysics presented in Italy
between 2002 and 2004
(http://www.mporzio.astro.it/~step/premio.php). The prize was
assigned by a committee composed by international experts who
evaluated the thesis as "outstanding".
He was postdoctoral researcher at the Astronomy Dept. of the
University of Padova, with a grant on "Clusters and Groups of
galaxies" (2003). Then, he moved to the Physics Dept. of the
University of Padova, where he was granted for studying
"Cosmological models with dark energy" (2003-2004).
From 2004 to 2006 he worked at the Institute for Theoretical
Astrophysics of the Heidelberg University in the Cosmology Group
led by Prof. Matthias Bartelmann. Here, he acquired independence in
research and skills in coordinating part of the work of the
research group. The main research activity was still in
gravitational lensing by galaxy clusters, both in the weak and in
the strong lensing regimes.
- Present working activities:
In 2006, he obtained a staff position at the National
Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) in Italy. He is currently working
at INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Bologna. His principal
interests in research are in gravitational lensing by galaxy
clusters, in particular the cosmological applications of arc
statistics, the detection of galaxy clusters in SZ, X-ray and
optical surveys and the methods for mass reconstruction through
X-ray, weak and strong lensing. He is involved in many
He was lecturer in several Astrophysical courses for graduate
and under-graduate students: Theoretical Astrophysics (assistant,
Heidelberg), Gravitational lensing (Heidelberg, Bologna), Numerical
methods (Padova) and Extragalactic Astronomy (Rome