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

  • Present2019

    Associate Professor

    Clemson University, USA

  • 20192014

    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 Physics 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

    • 2019
      Rising Star in Discovery Award, College of Science, Clemson
    • 2018
      URSAA, Clemson
    • 2008
      Otto-Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society
      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