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Professor Roberto Maiolino

Professor Roberto  Maiolino

Director, Kavli Institute for Cosmology

Professor of Experimental Astrophysics

Room K13
Kavli Institute for Cosmology
c/o Institute of Astronomy
Madingley Road

Cambridge CB3 0HA
Office Phone: (01223) 761661


Roberto Maiolino is professor of Experimental Astrophysics at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics) of the University of Cambridge and director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology (KICC). He received MS in Physics at the University of Florence in 1992 and PhD in Astronomy at the University of Florence in 1996. During his PhD studies he worked on the characterization of AGN host galaxies, at the Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona as a visiting scholar. From 1995 to 1997 he was postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrische Physik, in Garching (Munich). From 1997 to 2006 he was astronomer at the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory (Florence) and then, from 2006 to 2012, he was astronomer at the Astronomical Observatory of Rome, prior to the appointment at the University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

Roberto Maiolino is active in various areas of extragalactic astronomy, and in particular in the observational investigation of galaxy formation and galaxy-black hole coevolution. In the recent years he has focused on the investigation of the chemical evolution of galaxies and of the intergalactic medium, the evolution of the gas and dust content in galaxies, the characterization of primeval galaxies in the early Universe, and the interplay between black hole accretion (quasar activity) and galaxy evolution. He exploits multi-wavelength observations obtained at some of the major telescopes and observatories, such as the ESO Very Large Telescope, the IRAM Plateau de Bure Interferometer, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array and the Herschel Space Observatory.

He is member of the Instrument Science Team of NIRSpec, the near infrared multi-object spectrograph for the James Webb Space Telescope, and he is Project Scientist of MOONS, the Multi-Object near-IR spectrograph for the Very Large Telescope.