Marco Ajello


I am an Astrophysicist with strong interests in astro-particle physics and cosmology. My interests lie in the evolution of super-massive black holes and galaxies, the generation of truly diffuse backgrounds (from infrared to gamma rays), high-energy transients and high-energy sources in general. Recently I turned my attention to the evolution of the extragalactic background light and the role of the first stars during the epoch of re-ionization. I work with a number of instruments and telescopes both from the ground and in space, but my all-time favorites are the NASA missions FermiSwift, and NuSTAR.

Academic Positions

  • Present2014

    Assistant Professor

    Clemson University, USA

  • 20132012

    Research Scientist

    University of California, Berkeley

  • 20122008

    Research Associate

    Stanford University, USA

  • 20082007

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Max Planck for Extraterrestrial Physics, Munich

    Education & Training

    • Ph.D. 2007

      Ph.D. in Phyisics and Astrophysics

      Technische Universitaet Munich, Germany

    • M.S. 2003

      M.S. in Particle Physics

      University of Trieste, Italy

    • B.A. & M.S. 2001

      B.A. & M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

      University of Palermo, Italy

    Honors and Awards

    • 2008
      Otto-Hahn Medal
      The Max Planck Society honors every year up to 30 young scientists and researchers with the Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievements since 1978.
    • 2003
      Fellowship of the International Max Planck Research School