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Maria Polletta

Maria Polletta is currently a post-doc at the Observatory of Geneva where she works with the High Energy Group at the Integral Science Data Centre. Maria was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to Italy during her childhood.

She received her undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Bologna and her Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Geneva. She studied active galactic nuclei, with a particular interest in their X-ray and infrared properties. Maria spent a year during her Ph.D. at CalTech (Pasadena, CA) researching on the properties of the interstellar medium and star formation in galaxies. She believes that behind every astronomer there is a child's dream.