Serena Benatti is a staff researcher (Tempo Determinato) at the INAF – Astronomical Observatory of Palermo.
She obtained her PhD in 2011 in Astronautics and Satellite Sciences at CISAS (Padova University) with a project on the Asteroseismology of Solar-like stars. From 2013 to 2018 she worked as post-doc at the INAF – Astronomical Observatory of Padova in the field of the extra-solar planets. Being actively involved in the GAPS Project, she is interested on the search and characterisation of exoplanets with the radial velocity technique. Recently, she focused on planets around young stars, and she manages the Young Objects program of GAPS2.
She was also involved in the realisation of GIARPS, the simultaneous observing mode of the two high-resolution spectrographs, GIANO-B and HARPS-N, at TNG.
She participates in the ESA-ARIEL mission, currently working on the characterisation of the stellar activity of potential targets of ARIEL and the feasibility of planetary mass determination with ground-based facilities.
She is also involved in the preparation of the ESA-PLATO Input Catalog and she recently joined the ESPRESSO GTO Consortium.
Finally, she is committed to outreach activities.