Rosalba Perna is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, and on sabbatical at CCA in Spring 2019. She is a theoretical astrophysicist with broad research interests. These include gamma-ray bursts, magnetars, X-ray binaries, ultra-luminous X-ray sources, gravitational lensing, the interstellar medium, the assembly and growth of supermassive black holes, axions, the atmospheres of hot Jupiters. Currently, she is especially working in the areas of gravitational waves, binary compact object mergers, and electromagnetic counterparts to binary compact object mergers.
She holds a PhD in Physics from Harvard, and a music degree (piano diploma) from the Conservatory of Music of Potenza, Italy. She was hired at Stony Brook from the faculty at CU Boulder; prior to that she held positions as Lyman Spitzer Fellow at Princeton and Harvard Junior Fellow.