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Cecilia Garraffo

Center for Astrophysics


Cecilia Garraffo is an astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, working for the Chandra X-ray Observatory in the High Energy Astrophysics Division. Her PhD research was on gravitational field theories and various extensions of General Relativity. Cecilia has subsequently researched extensively using magnetohydrodynamic simulations of stellar winds, and is an expert on stellar rotation, the resulting energetic radiation, and its effects on exoplanet environments. She is also a leader in the development and application of machine learning models in astrophysics and leads the "AstroAI" artificial intelligence in astrophysics initiative at the CfA. Cecilia plays leading roles in new high energy astrophysics mission concepts, most notably with the Normal-incidence Extreme Ultraviolet Photometer concept and as part of the management team for the Line Emission Mapper X-ray probe.

PhD in Physics, MS in Astronomy