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Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics +44 (0) 191 33 43789
Member of the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy  
Member of the Institute for Computational CosmologyOCW120+44 (0) 191 33 43789



After my undergraduate studies in Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Milano-Bicocca, in 2008 I moved to California for a Master's Degree and a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics at University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2012, I moved to Pasadena where I held a Hubble, Carnegie-Princeton, and Spitzer fellowship at Carnegie Observatories and Princeton University. In January 2014, I joined the Physics Department here in Durham, as member of the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy and the Institute of Computational Cosmology.

Research interests

  • Gas accretion and galaxy formation, absorption line systems, physics of the interstellar medium, star formation, stellar populations, stellar initial mass function, blazar redshifts.

Research groups

Awarded Grants

  • 2020: RF040659: Astronomy Consolidated Grant 2020-2023 CEA, £2408347.17, 2020-04-01 - 2023-03-31

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics: Galaxy Formation and Evolution


Conference Paper

  • Fumagalli, M. (2014), Metal abundances in the high-redshift intergalactic medium, in Bonifacio, P., Saviane, I. Spite, M. & Monaco, L. eds, Memorie della Societa' Astronomica Italiana 85: Metal production and distribution in a hierarchical Universe. Paris.
  • Fumagalli, M., da Silva, R., Krumholz, M. & Bigiel, F. (2011), SLUG: A New Way to Stochastically Light Up Galaxies, in Treyer, M., Wyder, T., Neill, J., Seibert, M. & Lee, J. eds, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series 440: UP2010: Have Observations Revealed a Variable Upper End of the Initial Mass Function?. Sedona, Arizona, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 155-159.

Doctoral Thesis

  • Fumagalli, M. (2012). Food for stars: The role of hydrogen in the formation and evolution of galaxies. University of California, Santa Cruz. PhD.

Journal Article