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Massimo Meneghetti

Adjunct professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi"

Curriculum vitae

-Education: 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" approach. 
-Awards: 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 ( The prize was assigned by a committee composed by international experts who evaluated the thesis as "outstanding".         
-Postdoctoral experiences: 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 international collaborations.
-Teaching 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 Tor-Vergata)

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