About Me

Work experience

  • 2021-present: NASA Einstein Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2018-2021: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, IL, USA 
  • 2019-2021: Associate Fellow, University of Chicago, IL, USA

Leadership Roles


  • Ph. D. in Astrophysics (2014-2018), University College London, UK
    • Thesis: “Unveiling the unseen with the Dark Energy Survey: gravitational waves and dark matter”
    • Supervisors: Prof. Ofer Lahav and Dr. Felipe Abdalla
  • Master in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2011-2013), La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
    • Grading 110/110 cum laude
    • Thesis: “Future constraints on cosmological parameters for DES” Supervisors: Prof. Alessandro Melchiorri and Dr. Luca Pagano
  • B.S. in Physics (2008-2011), La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
    • Grading 110/110 cum laude, Advanced Course (top 10% Physics students)
    • Dissertation title: “Standard Cosmological Model’s paradoxes and Inflation”
    • Supervisors: Dr. Giovanni Montani and Dr. Massimiliano Lattanzi

Awards & Grants

  • Partner investigator of Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant, “A Space Odyssey: Exploring the Universe with Gravitational-Wave Sirens”, 2022
  • Berkeley Physics Innovators funding for 2 undergraduate students and mentor, 2022
  • Co-PI of US Department of Energy (DOE) Visiting Faculty Program, “Artificial Intelligence for Gravitational Waves”, 2021
  • Fermilab Exceptional Performance Recognition Award for the innovative use of the DES data in gravitational wave standard siren measurements, 1600$, 2020
  • Runner–up for Royal Astronomical Society Michael Penston Prize for best Astronomy doctoral thesis in the UK, 2018
  • URA Scholar Award to do research in collaboration at Fermilab, 2016-2017
  • Enrico Persico award from Accademia dei Lincei for best 2014 Astrophysics Masters in Italy, awarded by the President of Italy, 2014
  • “Excellent graduated student at Sapienza” (Laureata eccellente Sapienza), 2014
  • “Women, gender: Sapienza”, award to women who distinguished themselves during university career, 2014
  • “Advanced Course” merit scholarship from Sapienza, Tuition fee paid, 2009 – 2011
  • Erasmus scholarship from Sapienza, Erasmus integration from Laziodisu, 2010
  • Merit scholarship from Laziodisu, 2010

Contact: palmese at berkeley.edu

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