Giuseppina (Giusy) NIGRO
Dipartimento di Fisica, Università della Calabria
Ponte Pietro Bucci Cubo 31C
87036 - Arcavacata di Rende (CS) - ITALY
I am a Post-doc Researcher at the Department of Physics at the University of Calabria,
where I moved in November 2015 after my research position at the Department of
Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago (USA).
I am a theoretical and computational astrophysicist and my main research interests are astrophysical dynamo, solar coronal loop modeling, and magnetofluid turbulence.
In 2011, I was awarded an Italian research grant for my proposal: Study on Magnetic Dynamo Effect. The grant (64k euro) supported my research from 2011 to 2014. During these years, I spent long periods as a guest scientist in different international institutions, such as HZDR in Dresden and Leibniz-Institut fur Astrophysik institute in Potsdam (Germany), and the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago (USA). After this period, I was hired as a researcher at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago.
Prior to being awarded this grant, between 2009 and 2011, I was post-doc researcher at the University of Calabria where I studied magnetic dynamos and solar coronal loops using numerical and theoretical approaches.
During my post-doctoral position at the US Naval Research Lab, Space Science Division (Solar Theory Branch) between 2006 and 2009 in Washington DC (USA), I worked on the solar coronal heating problem. The aim of this research was to investigate plasma dynamics in a solar coronal loop, considering tearing-mode secondary instabilities numerically described by a 3D incompressible visco-resistive MHD code. Furthermore, my Ph.D., obtained in 2005 at the University of Calabria, was dedicated to the development of a coronal loop model in the Reduced MHD formalism and low dimensional models to describe magnetic dynamos.