Mowlavi Nami - Gaia
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Institut d’Astronomie, Université de Genève, Switzerland
Nami Mowlavi joined the Gaia team in 2007 in the processing group of variable objects led by Geneva (Coordination Unit 7, CU7), in which he leads the analysis of specific variable objects after they have been identified by the classification step in the CU7 pipeline. He is Deputy Manager of CU7 since 2013.
After the completion of his PhD in the structural and chemical evolution of low- and intermediate-mass stars in 1995, he continued research in this field as a post-doc at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). He then joined ESA’s INTEGRAL mission at the INTEGRAL Science Data Center in Switzerland, for eight years, where he was responsible for the Near-Real-Time operations and scientific analysis of the high-energy sky observed by the satellite, before becoming part of the Gaia mission.
His research field includes the study of variable stars, more specifically pulsating stars, eclipsing binaries and transient phenomena, and of stellar evolution. He co-supervises the Stellar Variability group at the Astronomy Department of the University of Geneva, including observations at the Swiss Euler telescope in La Silla (Chile) and at the Flemish Mercator telescope in La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain) that are partly used to follow Gaia Science Alerts.
Nami’s home page can be found here.
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