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Beyond the stars…

My name is Matteo Cantiello and I am an Astrophysicist. My work focuses on the life and death of stars.

I am currently working in NYC as an associate research scientist at the Center for Computational Astrophysics (Flatiron Institute) and a visiting associate researcher at Princeton University. Prior to moving to New York, I was an associate specialist in astrophysics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, one of the most renowned institutes for theoretical physics in the world, located at the University of California Santa Barbara, and an Argelander Fellow at Bonn University (Germany). I obtained my PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, with a dissertation on “Unstable Stellar Interiors”. I have a M.Sc. in Astrophysics and a B.Sc. in Physics, both from Pisa University, Italy, Alma Mater of the scientific revolution hero Galileo Galilei. 

I am a theorist and in my research I use a variety of computational and observational tools, including 1D stellar evolution (MESA), 3D magneto-hydrodynamics calculations of stellar interiors, the study and observation of wave propagation inside stars (Asteroseismology), the observations of stellar populations, stellar explosions and the gravitational wave emission from the mergers of compact stellar remnants.

Beside stars, I have a deep love for traveling, as well as conversations about neuroscience, scientific communication, red wine and dancing in the desert.

Photo: Jakub Ostrowski