Raffaella Margutti

University of California at Berkeley

Raffaella Margutti received a first level degree in Physics (M. Sc equivalent) in 2004 and a second level degree (B. Sc. equivalent) in Astrophysics in 2006 at the University of Milano Bicocca (Italy).  Raffaella Margutti graduated in 2010 from the same university with a PhD in Physics and Astronomy dedicated to the study of the ultra-relativistic jets in Gamma-Ray Bursts as part of the Swift team (advisor Prof. Guido Chincarini).  Raffaella Margutti later moved to the United States and joined the Institute for Theory and Computation at Harvard until 2015 as a postdoc working in the team of prof. Alicia Soderberg. From 2015 to 2016 she spent one year as James Arthur fellow at NYU, after which she joined Northwestern University as faculty in the Physics and Astronomy department (2016-2020 as assistant professor; 2020-2021 as associate professor). Starting from July 1, 2021 she moved to the University of California at Berkeley as Associate Professor in the Astronomy department and in the Physics department, where she holds the Marc and Cristina Bensadoun Professor chair in Physics. She was awarded the 2022 Breakthrough New Horizons in Physics Prize.

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