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Sara Faggi Research Assistant Professor Physics

Ph.D. in Physiscs and Astronomy
03 March 2017
Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence – Italy
Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri, Florence - Italy

Thesis title: HIRES/E-ELT astrobiology science case. Cosmogonic indicators in comets: Targeting a quantum leap using new-generation high-resolution echelle spectrometers.

Ph.D. Summer School
Third Nordic-Hawaii Summer School: "Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe" Place: Iceland

Master’s degree in physics and Astrophysics
23 April 2013
(20/S - Class of second level degree in physics)
Name of the course of study: SCIENZE FISICHE E ASTROFISICHE
Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence – Italy
Thesis title: “C/2011 F1LINEAR: Search for Organic Ices in Cometary Coma”. Dissertation/thesis keywords: comets, astrobiology, cometary coma, astronomical observations.
Final degree mark: 110/110 cum laude

Studies Abroad
August 2010
European Union Program Summer School: 'Evolution of the Biosphere' – astrobiology summer school
Place: France

Bachelor’s degree Physics
22 April 2008
(25 - Class of first level degree in Physics)
Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence – Italy
Thesis title: “The Black Hole mass's determination at the Galattic Center”

Dr. Sara Faggi was born in Florence, Italy, where she received her education. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics and Astrophysics from Università degli Studi di Firenze, where she also received her previous bachelor degree in Physics and her master degree in Astrophysics.
Dr. Sara Faggi is today appointed as Research Assistant Professor at American University, Washington DC, and she is also a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Solar System Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, she is part of the Goddard Center for Astrobiology.

She leads compositional studies of comets through high-resolution infrared spectroscopy. Here after listed her research highlights:

1- Expert on high-resolution spectroscopy instrumentation and observations of comets.

2- Participation in the ground-based observing campaign in support of as ESA/Rosetta mission at ESO/VLT.

3- Participation and lead of the ground-based observations in support of as ESA/ExoMars space mission, with GIANO/TNG and iSHELL/IRTF.

4- Support and guidance during the instrument Science Verification observing time for multiple high-resolution spectrographs such as: GIANO/TNG Canary Islands, iSHELL/IRTF and NIRSPEC/Keck 2 Hawaii.

5- Developer of non-LTE fluorescence models at GSFC.

6- Lead investigator and collaborator of numerous cometary observational campaigns, with a focused effort at infrared wavelengths. (from 2013 – present: C/2012 S1 ISON observing campaign VIS-IR and radio observations, 67P/GC observing campaign VIS-IR, 21P/GZ observing campaign with iSHELL/IRTF, 46P/Wirtanen observing campaign with iSHELL/IRTF.)

7- Co-investigator of the Planetary Spectrum Generator (PSG,

8- Developer of echelle spectrograph simulator (iSHELL/PSG instrument simulator:

Her main research interests are:
High-resolution Spectroscopic Studies of Comets and Origin and Evolution of Organics and Water in Planetary Systems
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