CV

EDUCATION

  • PhD in Astrophysics (2013-2016), University College London (UCL), United Kingdom. First supervisor: Prof. Ian D. Howarth, second supervisor: Prof. Giovanna Tinetti.
  • MSc in Physics (2010-2012), Summa cum Laude and Honour Mention, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy, supervisor: Prof. Giovanni Peres, co-supervisor: Dr. Giuseppina Micela.
  • BSc in Physical Sciences (2007-2010), Summa cum Laude, Università degli Studi di Palermo, supervisor: Prof. Giovanni Peres.

SELECT AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • Research Associate on Exolight Project, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UCL (Nov. 2016 – in progress)
  • IPAC (Infrared Processing and Analysis Center) visiting graduate fellowship, Caltech (Jan. – Jul. 2016)
  • PhD scholarship, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UCL (Oct. 2013 – Oct. 2016)
  • Grant for a 6-months training period abroad, from Università degli Studi di Palermo at UCL (Jan. – Jul. 2013)
  • Erasmus Master Student, from Università degli Studi di Palermo at UCL (Jan. – Sep. 2012)
  • Three MIUR (Italian Minister of University and Research) prizes for High School Diploma top score with praise,  and excellent results at the Italian Mathematical Olympiads, individual and teams (Italy, 2007)
  • International Competition of Mathematical Games Award, category L2 (Università Bocconi di Milano, 2007 – awarded 15 out of 1500 participants)
  • Silver Medal at the Italian Mathematical Olympiad (Cesenatico, Italy, 2007)
  • Scholarship “MATHEU Summer School”: “Identification, Motivation and Support of Mathematical Talents in European Schools” (Intercollege Cyprus, 2005)

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
First-author and single-author

  1. Morello et al. 2016, Repeatability of Spitzer/IRAC exoplanetary eclipses with Independent Component Analysis, ApJ, 820, 66
  2. Morello 2015, A blind method to detrend instrumental systematics in exoplanetary light curves, ApJ, 808, 56
  3. Morello et al. 2015, Revisiting Spitzer transit observations with Independent Component Analysis: new results for the GJ436 system, ApJ, 802, 117
  4. Morello et al. 2014, A new look at Spitzer primary transit observations of the exoplanet HD189733b,  ApJ, 786, 22
  5. Morello et al., Applications of machine-learning algorithms for Infrared Colour Selection of galactic Wolf-Rayet stars, under review

Co-authored

  1. Ingalls et al. 2016, Repeatabilty and accuracy of exoplanet eclipse depths measured with post-cryogenic Spitzer, AJ, 152, 44
  2. Tsiaras et al. 2016, Detection of an atmosphere around the super-Earth 55 Cancri e, ApJ, 820, 99
  3. Tsiaras et al. 2016, A new approach to analysing HST spatial scans: the transmission spectrum of HD209458b, ApJ, 832, 202
  4. Tinetti et al. 2015, The EChO science case, Experimental Astronomy, 40, 329
  5. Damiano, Morello, et al., Near-IR transmission spectrum of HAT-P-32 b using HST/WFC3, under review

ORAL PRESENTATIONS AT CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS

  • Talk at the joint DPS/EPSC workshop – Pasadena, California, 16 – 21 October 2016
  • Talk at the 228^th AAS meeting – San Diego, California, 12 – 16 June 2016
  • Invited seminar, Stellar Astrophysics Center – Aarhus, Denmark, May 2016
  • Talk at the EPSC 2015 – Nantes, France, 27 Sep – 2 Oct
  • Invited Talk at the IAU XXIX General Assembly, Spitzer IRAC session – Honolulu, Hawaii, 3 – 14 August 2015 (+ poster)
  • Invited seminar, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Science, Caltech, July 2015
  • Invited seminar, IPAC, Caltech, July 2015
  • Invited seminar, UCL, March 2015
  • Talk at EPSC 2014 – Centro de Congressos do Estoril, Cascais, Portugal, 7 – 12 September

POSTERS

  • ARIEL Science Conference – Brussels, Belgium, 21 – 23 November 2016
  • IAU XXIX General Assembly – Honolulu, Hawaii, 3 – 14 August 2015 (+ invited talk)
  • Sagan Summer Workshop 2015 – Caltech, Pasadena, California, 27 – 31 July
  • In the Spirit of Lyot: Direct Detection of Exoplanets and Circumstellar Disks – Montreal, Canada, 22 – 26 July 2015
  • Towards Other Earths II: The Star-Planet Connection – Universidade do Porto, Portugal, 15 – 19 September 2014
  • Sagan Summer Workshop 2014 – Caltech, Pasadena, California, 21 – 25 July
  • EPSC 2013 – UCL, London, UK, 8 – 13 September

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Marker of “Physics of the exoplanets – PHAS G337” (UCL 2016/17)
  • Demonstrator of Certificate in Astronomy – Practical Course (University London Observatory, 2014/15)
  • Marker of “Mathematical Methods I – PHAS 1245” (UCL 2013/14, 2015/16)
  • Marker of “Classical Mechanics – PHAS 1247” (UCL 2014/15)

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Programming languages: Python, C, Matlab, Fortran, IDL.