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Professor Giovanna Tinetti
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gower Street
Tel: +44 (0)2035495806
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  • Professor of Astrophysics
  • Dept of Physics & Astronomy
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

PhD in Theoretical Physics from University of Turin (2003), she has coordinated at UCL a team on exoplanets since 2007. Royal Society University Research Fellow (2009-2017). ESA External Fellow (2005-2007), NASA Astrobiology Institute/NRC Fellow at Caltech/JPL (2003-2005), Predoc and Postdoc at Caltech and University of Southern California, (2001-2003).

Select appointments and achievements:
- Head of Astrophysics Group, UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy. June 2020-present
- Director – UCL Centre for Space Exochemistry Data. November 2018-present.
- Principal Investigator, Ariel (ESA M4 mission) payload consortium, June 2015-present
- Chief scientist, Twinkle space mission, June 2014-present
- Principal Investigator, ERC-funded programme "Exo-Lights", 2014-2019.
- Principal Investigator EChO (ESA M3 candidate mission) payload consortium, 2011-2014. 
- Editor of American Astronomical Society DPS journal, ICARUS. 
- Counts over 200 peer reviewed publications and over 260 invited talks/seminars on exoplanets (http://giotin.org/pages/conferences.html). 

Select awards: 
Cavaliere dell'Ordine al merito della Repubblica italiana (Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic), March 2020.
- Institute of Physics Moseley Medal 2011 for pioneering use of IR transmission spectroscopy for molecular detection in exoplanet atmospheres. 
- NASA Group Achievement Award with Swain and Vasisht for first detection of methane in an exoplanet (2010).

Recent appointments in advisory boards: 
- Hubble/Spitzer panel chair/TAC member
- ESO Espresso Instrument Science Team, 
- ESA Exoplanet Roadmap Advisory Team (2009-2010).

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Professor Giovanna Tinetti is Head of the Astrophysics Group, UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy, and Director of the UCL Centre for Space Exochemistry Data at Harwell.

She is the Principal Investigator of Ariel, the European Space Agency's next medium-class (M4) science mission to be launched in 2028. She is also co-founder and co-director of Blue Skies Space Ltd, which aims at creating new opportunities for science space satellites.

Select appointments and achievements include Principal Investigator of the European Research Council-funded program Exo-Lights (2014-2019), and Institute of Physics Moseley medal 2011.

Awarded a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Turin in Italy, Giovanna Tinetti has continued her academic career as NASA Astrobiology Institute fellow at Caltech/JPL and then as European Space Agency external fellow in Paris, before moving to UCL in 2007 as STFC Aurora and then Royal Society URF Fellow.

Prof. Tinetti has authored / co-authored over 200 research papers and has delivered over 260 talks, seminars and public lectures internationally.

Teaching Summary

Currently teaching Physics of Exoplanets, PHAS0068. 

Academic teaching experience:  http://giotin.org/pages/teaching.html

PhD students supervised

  • Arianna Saba, UCL CDT, Oct. 2020-present.
  • Vinooja Thurairethinam (second supervisor), UCL Physics Department, Oct. 2020-present.
  • Sze Kay Cynthia Ho (second supervisor), UCL MSSL, Oct. 2020-present.
  • Lara Anisman, UCL Physics Department, Dec. 2019-present
  • Quentin Changeat, UCL Physics Department, Oct. 2018-present
  • Gordon Yip (second supervisor), UCL CDT, Oct. 2017-present
  • Billy Edwards, UCL Physics Department, Nov. 2017-Dec. 2019
  • Mario Damiano (co-supervisor), UCL Physics Department/INAF, Dec. 2015-2018.
  • Tiziano Zingales (co-supervisor), UCL Physics Department/INAF, Nov. 2015-2018
  • Angelos Tsiaras, UCL Physics Department, Oct. 2014-2017.
  • Giuseppe Morello (second supervisor), UCL Physics Department, Oct. 2013-2016.
  • Marco Rocchetto, UCL Physics Department, Oct. 2014-2016.
  • Emma Barton (second supervisor), UCL Physics Department, Oct. 2013-2016.
  • Ryan Varley, UCL Physics Department, Oct. 2012-2016.
  • Marcell Tessenyi, UCL Physics Department, Oct. 2010-2013.
  • Camilla Danielski, UCL Physics Department, Oct. 2010-2013.
  • Morgan Hollis, UCL Physics Department, Oct. 2010-2013.
  • Ingo Waldmann, UCL Physics Department, Oct. 2009-June 2012.
  • David Kipping, UCL, Physics Department, Oct. 2007-2010.
01-JUN-2020 Head of Astrophysics Group Physics & Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
01-NOV-2018 Director Centre for Space Exochemistry Data UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2013 Professor of Astrophysics Physics and Astronomy University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2010 – 30-AUG-2013 Reader in Astrophysics Physics and Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1999   Masters Politecnico di Torino
    Laurea Universita degli Studi di Torino
2003   Doctor of Philosophy Universita degli Studi di Torino
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