Dr Valentina D'Orazi's research interests focus on high-resolution spectroscopy in the optical and near
infra-red domains, of young and old stellar populations, including open cluster and globular clusters. She has 50 publications in
international refereed journals with over 1400 citations.
D'Orazi graduated with a Master degree in Astronomy from the University of Bologna in 2005 and obtained her PhD from the University of Florence and INAF Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Florence, Italy) in 2009. Her PhD thesis was centered on the chemical characterisation of young stellar population via high-resolution spectroscopy.
In March 2009, D'Orazi took up a Post-doctoral Fellowship at the INAF Padova Observatory, where her research was focused on the chemical composition of the globular clusters working with a large European collaboration on the largest spectroscopic survey of globular clusters to date. Furthermore, D'Orazi joined the SPHERE consortium (SPHERE is a ”planet-finder” instrument for the Very Large Telescopes at ESO) with the role to assess the chemical composition of stars with planets. This one of the hottest topic in the stellar astrophysics, given the relationship between metallicity and frequency of giant planets that have been detected in recent years.
Since 2011, D'Orazi is a Super Science Research fellow at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University, and at the
Monash Centre for Astrophysics, Monash Univeristy.
She is also involved in the development of the automated pipeline for the derivation of the stellar parameters and chemical abundances for the GALAH survey, which is an Australian spectroscopic survey of a million of stars in our Galaxy, building up the largest database of this kind available so far.
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