A/PROF Michele Trenti

A/PROF Michele Trenti


  • Formation and evolution of galaxies, stars and black holes across cosmic time



  • I am an astrophysicist with broad research interests and expertise, studying primarily the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies in the infancy of the Universe. I am a heavy user of the Hubble Space Telescope, and have been awarded about three months of time (1400 Hubble orbits) to date as Principal Investigator on this multi-billion dollar facility, placing me within the top 10 users since 2001 (when large programs were introduced). In addition to observations of the most distant galaxies, I am interested in theoretical modeling and computer simulations of galaxy formation, in understanding the connection between Gamma Ray Bursts and star formation, and in the dynamics of self-gravitating stellar systems such as globular clusters.

    Currently, I am an Associate Professor in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. Before moving to Melbourne I was a Kavli Institute Fellow at the University of Cambridge 5yr prize fellowship at the lecturer (junior faculty) level from 2012 to 2014. I was born and educated in Italy, where I graduated from Italy's most selective and prestigious institution: Scuola Normale Superiore, shaped on the model of the French Ecole Normale Superieure. After the PhD (2005), I held postdoctoral positions in the USA at the Space Telescope Science Institute and at the University of Colorado, Boulder.   


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Education and training

  • PhD, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa 2005
  • MSc, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa 2002


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Student projects at the level of Master of PhD are available in the areas of (1) nano satellite space telescope design and technical development associated to the SkyHopper CubeSat mission; (2) galaxy formation and evolution at high redshift (observations and modeling); (3) globular cluster dynamics and intermediate mass black holes (gravitational N-body simulations). Master research projects focused on the application of physical modeling to financial markets are also possible. Perspective students are encouraged to contact me to discuss more in detail.