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Paola Testa

Researcher, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

About Paola

I am an Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. I received my doctorate in Physics at the University of Palermo (Italy) on the topic of coronal activity in the Sun and other stars. After my graduate studies I held a post-doctoral appointment at the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and since 2008 I am a staff astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in the Solar and Stellar X-ray group of the High Energy Astrophysics Division.
My research focuses on understanding the heating mechanisms and X-ray emission processes in the hot outer layers of the atmosphere of the Sun and other stars. My interests encompass a wide range of astrophysical sources including the Sun, late-type main sequence and pre-main sequence stars, and early-type stars.


Education
Postdoc

Kavli Institute for Astrophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology , 2005-2007

Ph.D.

Physics, University of Palermo, Italy, 02/2005

Master's

Physics, University of Palermo, Italy, 02/2001

Bachelor's

Physics, University of Palermo, Italy, 02/2001

Interested in
  • Mentoring
  • Speaking
  • Professional Service (e.g. review panels)
  • Science Outreach
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