Alessandra Aloisi

Deputy Head, Science Mission Office
Alessandra Aloisi

As the deputy head of the science mission office, Dr. Alessandra Aloisi oversees science careers and infrastructure at the institute, including the library, conference attendance, visitor programs, and internal grants, as well as the career development of more than 150 research staff members and postdoctoral researchers. Before she began this role in 2017, she was the deputy division head of the operations and engineering division at the institute, co-managing a group of more than 250 technical personnel, engineers, astronomers, and scientists who oversee the ground system efforts, including the planning and scheduling, integration and testing, and data management of the observatories we support.

Dr. Aloisi joined the institute’s research staff in 2003, working first for the European Space Agency and transferring to a position with the Association of the Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) in 2009. She started at the institute as an instrument scientist for the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) and the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) on the Hubble Space Telescope, and became the lead for the team responsible for the calibration, operations, and user support of the STIS and COS spectrographs just before Hubble Servicing Mission 4. She launched her career as a postdoctoral researcher at the institute before becoming a postdoctoral researcher and then an associate research scientist at Johns Hopkins University.

Throughout her career, Dr. Aloisi has planned, reduced, and interpreted data from an array of Hubble instruments. She has been the primary investigator for nine of its programs, as well as a co-investigator of many more. She was also an expert user of the Far-Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE). She has co-authored more than 200 articles, including several in the Astrophysical Journal and the Astronomical Journal. Dr. Aloisi also regularly presents at conferences, including the American Astronomical Society Meetings, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, the IAU (International Astronomical Union) Symposia, the SPIE Conference Series, and the ADASS (Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems) conference. Her primary fields of technical expertise are in ultraviolet/optical spectroscopy and optical/near-infrared imaging with space-based telescopes, science with data archives, and optimization of science through technology leadership and management.

 

Education

PhD in Astronomy, Bologna University
Laurea in Astronomy, Bologna University

Research Interests

Galaxy evolution, galaxy formation, interstellar medium in external galaxies, resolved stellar populations, starbursts, star-formation histories, star-forming galaxies