Short CV/Education and training

  • 1990
    Laurea (Masters) in Astronomy (110/110 cum Laude), Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università di Bologna. Thesis Title: Radioastronomical Observations of Molecular Species in Star Forming Regions

  • 1991 – 1992
    Fellowship at the Istituto di Spettroscopia Molecolare, C.N.R., Bologna, Italy. Project: Interstellar molecules and chemical models of molecular clouds

  • 1992
    Visiting Student at The Department of Physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA. Project: Astrochemical models in star forming regions. Advisor: Prof. E. Herbs

  • 1992 – 1993
    Visiting Student at the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, USA. Project: Chemical and physical properties of star forming regions. Advisor: Dr. P. C. Myers

  • 1993 – 1994
    Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow at the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, USA. Project: Physical properties of star forming regions. Advisor: Dr. P.C. Myers

  • 1994 – 1995
    Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, MA, USA. Project: Physical and chemical properties of star forming regions

  • 1995
    Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Exterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany. Project: grain-grain collisions and sputtering in oblique C–type shocks in dense clouds

  • 2001 – 2007
    Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leeds, UK

  • 2005
    Visiting Scientist in the Astronomy Department, University of California at Berkeley, USA

  • 2006 – 2007
    Visiting Scholar in the Department of Astronomy, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

  • 1995 – 2007
    Researcher at the INAF–Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Firenze, Italy

  • 2009 – 2011
    Head of Astrophysics Group, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, UK

  • Since 2012
    Courtesy Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

  • 2007 – 2014
    Professor of Astronomy, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, UK

  • Since 2014
    Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany

Selected publications

  • Our Astrochemical Heritage – Caselli, P., Ceccarelli, C. 2012, The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review, 20, 56

  • Interstellar Ices as Witnesses of Star Formation: Selective Deuteration of Water and Organic Molecules Unveiled – Cazaux, S., Caselli, P., Spaans, M. 2011, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 741, 34

  • Observing the gas temperature drop in the high-density nucleus of L 1544 – Crapsi, A., Caselli, P., Walmsley, M. C., Tafalla, M. 2007, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 470, 221

  • Dense Cores in Dark Clouds. XIV. N2H+ (1-0) Maps of Dense Cloud Cores – Caselli, P., Benson, P. J., Myers, P. C., Tafalla, M. 2002, The Astrophysical Journal, 572, 238

  • CO Depletion in the Starless Cloud Core L1544 Caselli, P., Walmsley, C. M., Tafalla, M., Dore, L., Myers, P. C. 1999, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 523, 165



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The calm before the storm: pre-stellar cores as astrophysical laboratories (PALs)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • The IAU Astrochemistry Working Group

  • The IAU Division H

  • ESO Visiting Committee

  • American Chemical Society

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Research


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