Carollo, Marcella, Prof. Dr.

Prof. Dr.  Marcella Carollo


ETH Zürich

Dep. of Physics 

Prof. Dr. Marcella Carollo

Institut für Astronomie 

HIT  J 31.3 

Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 27

8093 Zürich


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Additional information

Curriculum Vitae

Marcella Carollo is Full Professor for Astrophysics in the Physics
Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich.

Marcella Carollo was born in Palermo, Italy, and obtained her PhD in
Astrophysics in 1994 at the Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet in Munich,
Germany. She was awarded an EC Fellowship at the Leiden Observatory in
1994-1996, and then in 1997-1999 an Hubble Fellowship at the Johns
Hopkins University, Baltimore. In 1999 she was appointed Assistant
Professor in the Astronomy Department at Columbia University, New York.
In 2002 she moved to the ETH Zurich as an Associate Professor in the
Department of Physics; she was elected Full Professor in Astrophysics in
2007. She has been for many years a member of several international
scientific and advisory committees.

Marcella's primary research interest is understanding the formation and
evolution of galaxies and structure in the Universe, from the early
epochs after the Big Bang to the nearby Universe. She enjoys teaching
Astrophysics and divulging the beauty of the Cosmos to the general Public.

Course Catalogue

Autumn Semester 2017

Number Unit
402-0101-00L The Zurich Physics Colloquium 
402-0356-00L Astrophysics Seminar 
402-0369-00L Research Colloquium in Astrophysics 
402-0381-64L Hot Topics in Astrophysics 

Research Focus

I lead the "Extragalactic Astrophysics Group" at ETH. The group conducts mostly observational work, to understand the formation and evolution of galaxies from the early epochs to our time. Specifically, the group is involved in large observational astronomical surveys (optical and near-infrared, photometric and spectroscopic, ground-based and the Hubble Space Telescope, HST) to study the nature and origin of galaxies through observations of nearby and distant galaxies.

Our current interests are predominantly MAD (the MUSE Atlas of Disks) and DES (the Dark Energy Survey) - the former a Large Program on the ESO VLT with the new instrument MUSE, the latter a 5000 square degree cosmological survey. Recently, we have focused on understanding how galaxy evolution is affected by environment, and determining the role of progenitor bias effects in the interpretation of evolutionary trends with redshift.  



1994 Ph.D. in Astrophysics (Honors); LMU, Munich (Germany)
1986 Master Equivalent in Physics [Honors], Palermo University, Italy


2007 - present   Full Professor, ETH Zürich
2002 - 2006      Associate Professor, ETH Zürich
1999 - 2001      Assistant Professor, Columbia University, New York, USA
1997 - 1999      Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
1994 - 1996      Fellow, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Awards and Honors

2017 Wallenberg Foundation & Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Keynote Speaker
2017 NEXSI Distinguished Visitor, University of California Santa Cruz
2014 Winton Capital UK, Keynote Lecturer
2013 Winton Capital Research Prize
2012 Top Italian Scientist: Distinction
2009 NASA WFC3 SOC Recognition Award
1996 Hubble Prize Fellowship
1994 European Community Prize Fellowship
1994 PhD Astrophysics: Distinction
1991 European Southern Observatory Scholarship
1989 National Research Council Prize Fellowship
1987 MSc (Equivalent) Physics: Distinction
1982 Top Honors Graduation (ranked 1st of ~1500 students)

Supervision of Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

PhD students

Sandro Tacchella (degree expected in 2017)
2015   Andreas Faisst
2013   Thomas Bschorr
2012   Anna Cibinel
2010   Pascal Oesch
2009   Robert Feldmann
2009   Oliver Hahn
2007   Mark Sargent
2007   Marcel Zemp

Postdoctoral Fellows

Asa Bluck
Ewan Cameron
Victor Debattista
Mark den Brok
Santiago Erroz-Ferrer
Ignacio Ferreras
Javiera Guedes
Tobias Kaufmann
Ting Lu
Lucio Mayer
Noelia Noël
Masato Onodera
Antonio Pipino
Craig Rudick
Claudia Scarlata
Benny Trakhtenbrot
Joanna Woo


ADS | Astro-ph

Major External Activities

2016-present Director, Institute for Astronomy, ETH Zurich
2016-present Executive Board Physics Department, ETH Zurich
2016-present Swiss Commission for Astronomy (SCNAT)
2016 Swedish National Research Council, Grant Allocation Committee
2016 NASA WFIRST, Reviewer
2016 European Research Council (ERC), Advanced Grant, Reviewer
2015-present IAU, J Division, Steering Committee
2014-present ERC, Starting Grant, PE9 Panel
2014-present ETH Zurich Physics Department, Strategy Commission
2014 Accreditation, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
2013 HST Time Allocation Committee, Panel
2012-present SNSF, Advanced Postdoc Mobility, Committee
2011-2013 Women Professor Forum, ETH Zurich, Board
2009-present SNF Professorship, Committee
2009-present SNF Ambizione Fellowship, Committee
2008-2012 Director, Institute for Astronomy, ETH Zurich
2008-2010 Euclid Imaging Consortium, Coordinator Legacy Science
2008 INAF-Milan Visiting Committee, Chair
2007-present College of Helvetic Astronomy Professors, Member
2007-2008 ETH Zurich, Physics Department, Strategy Commission
2007 HST Time Allocation Committee, Panel
2006-present COSMOS Steering Committee
2004-2006 European Southern Observatory TAC, Panel
2004-2006 Volkswagen Stiftung, Junior Faculty Evaluation Committee
2003-present MUSE Executive Board
2002-2012 Swiss Commission for Astronomy (SCNAT)
2002-2012 Executive Board Physics Department, ETH Zurich
2001-2004 STScI, Visiting Committee, Member
1999-2001 Director of Graduate studies, Columbia University, NY, USA
1998-2009 NASA WFC3 Science Oversight Committee
1998-2000 NASA Grant Allocation Committee
1998-2000 US National Science Foundation, Grant Allocation Committee
1998 HST Time Allocation Committee, Panel

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