Andrea Isella

Assistant professor Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Biographical Info

I am an Astronomer and, since July 2014, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University. I moved to Rice from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (CA), where I worked for several years as postdoctoral scholar first and research faculty later. Before that, I lived in Italy, where I had my education between Milano, Padova, and Firenze.


PhD (2006) - Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy
BSc (2003) - Universita' degli Studi di Padova, Padova, Italy


astronomy, planetary, planet formation, stars


My main field of research is the study of planet formation. I am mainly an observational astronomer, which means that I use the biggest telescopes on Earth and in space to peek into the life of newborn stars and witness the birth of planetary systems. This is an amazing and unique opportunity to understand the origins of the many planetary systems discovered in the last twenty years, as well as of our own Solar system.

Selected Publications

Structure and Evolution of Pre-main-sequence Circumstellar Disks, Isella, Andrea; Carpenter, John M.; Sargent, Anneila I., 2009ApJ…701..260I

The shape of the inner rim in proto-planetary disks, Isella, A.; Natta, A., 2005A&A…438..899I

Millimeter imaging of HD 163296: probing the disk structure and kinematics, Isella, A.; Testi, L.; Natta, A.; Neri, R.; Wilner, D.; Qi, C., 2007A&A…469..213I

The origin of hydrogen line emission for five Herbig Ae/Be stars spatially resolved by VLTI/AMBER spectro-interferometry, Kraus, S.; Hofmann, K.-H.; Benisty, M.; Berger, J.-P.; Chesneau, O.; Isella, A.; Malbet, F.; et al., 2008A&A…489.1157K

Disk and wind interaction in the young stellar object MWC 297 spatially resolved with AMBER/VLTI, Malbet, F.; Benisty, M.; de Wit, W.-J.; Kraus, S.; Meilland, A.; Millour, F.; Tatulli, E.; Berger, J.-P.; Chesneau, O.; Hofmann, K.-H.; Isella, A.; Natta, A., 2007A&A…464…43M

Investigating Planet Formation in Circumstellar Disks: CARMA Observations of RY Tau and DG Tau, Isella, Andrea; Carpenter, John M.; Sargent, Anneila I., 2010ApJ…714.1746I

Large-scale Asymmetries in the Transitional Disks of SAO 206462 and SR 21, Pérez, Laura M.; Isella, Andrea; Carpenter, John M.; Chandler, Claire J., 2014ApJ…783L..13P

Constraints on the Radial Variation of Grain Growth in the AS 209 Circumstellar Disk, Pérez, Laura M.; Carpenter, John M.; Chandler, Claire J.; Isella, Andrea; Andrews, Sean M.; Ricci, Luca; Calvet, Nuria; Corder, Stuartt A.; Deller, Adam T.;Dullemond, Cornelis P.; Greaves, Jane S.; Harris, Robert J.; Henning, Thomas; Kwon, Woojin; Lazio, Joseph; Linz, Hendrik; Mundy, Lee G.; Sargent, Anneila I.;Storm, Shaye; Testi, Leonardo; Wilner, David J., 2012ApJ…760L..17P

Constraining the wind launching region in Herbig Ae stars: AMBER/VLTI spectroscopy of HD 104237, Tatulli, E.; Isella, A.; Natta, A.; Testi, L.; Marconi, A.; Malbet, F.; Stee, P.; Petrov, R. G.; Millour, F.; Chelli, A.; et al., 2007A&A…464…55T

Large dust grains in the inner region of circumstellar disks, Isella, A.; Testi, L.; Natta, A., 2006A&A…451..951I