Carnegie Mellon University

Antonella Palmese

Assistant Professor

Astrophysics & Cosmology
Wean Hall 


Education & Professional Experience

Ph.D.: University College London (2018)
M.Sc.: La Sapienza University of Rome (2013)
B.Sc.: La Sapienza University of Rome (2011)

Honors and Awards:

Einstein Fellowship (2021)
Fermilab Exceptional Performance Recognition Award (2020)
Royal Astronomical Society Michael Penston Prize runner-up (2019)
Enrico Persico award (2014)

Leadership Roles:

DECam Survey of Intermediate Redshift Transients (DESIRT) co-PI, (2021-2022)
DESI Transients and Low-redshift Cosmology Working Group co-chair, (2019-)
DES Galaxy Evolution & Quasars Working Group co-chair, (2019-)
LISA Multi-messenger Multi-band Astronomy Work Package - Survey Science lead, (2019-)

Curriculum ViTAE


Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (2022–)
NASA Einstein Fellow, University of California Berkeley (2021-2022)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (2018-2021)
Associate Fellow, The University of Chicago (2019-2021)

Research Interests

I am an observational cosmologist and astronomer interested in novel methods to understand the content and evolution of the Universe. My main goal is to exploit information from both galaxy surveys and gravitational wave (GW) data to understand the Universes dynamics and content, and to shed light on the origin of GW sources and their correlation with galaxy evolution. As a result of my interests in galaxy evolution, galaxy clusters and galaxy redshifts estimation, along with GW follow-up and extragalactic transients, my research lies at the interface between large galaxy surveys, time domain astronomy, and GW experiments.

I am heavily involved in the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and the Dark Energy Survey (DES) experiments, and I also contribute to the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission. I am a member of the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) Dark Energy Science Collaboration and of the Cosmic Explorer Consortium. I use several facilities to perform gravitational wave follow-up, looking for the electromagnetic radiation produced by cosmic collisions between neutron stars or black holes.

Selected Publications

C. Meldorf, A. Palmese, D. Brout, et al., The Dark Energy Survey Supernova Program results: Type Ia Supernova brightness correlates with host galaxy dustarXiv:2206.06928 (2022)

A. Palmese et al., A standard siren measurement of the Hubble constant using gravitational wave events from the first three LIGO/Virgo observing runs and the DESI Legacy Survey, arXiv:2111.06445 (2021)

A. Palmese et al., Do LIGO/Virgo black hole mergers produce AGN flares? The case of GW190521 and prospects for reaching a confident association, ApJ 914, L34 (2021)

A. Palmese and C. J. Conselice, GW190521 from the Merger of Ultra-Dwarf GalaxiesPRL 126, 181103 (2021)

Y. Tsai, A. Palmese, S. Profumo, T. Jeltema, Is GW170817 a Multimessenger Neutron Star-Primordial Black Hole Merger?JCAP 10, 019 (2021)

A. Palmese et al., A statistical standard siren measurement of the Hubble constant from the LIGO/Virgo gravitational wave compact object merger GW190814 and Dark Energy Survey galaxies, ApJ 900, 2, L33 (2020)


A. Palmese & A. G. Kim, Probing gravity and growth of structure with gravitational waves and galaxies’ peculiar velocityPRD 103, 103507 (2021)

C. J. Conselice, R. Bhatawdekar, A. Palmese, W. G. Hartley, LIGO/Virgo Sources from Merging Black Holes in Ultradwarf Galaxies, ApJ 890 8 (2020)

A. Palmese et al., Stellar mass as a galaxy cluster mass proxy: application to the Dark Energy Survey redMaPPer clusters,
MNRAS 493, 4 (2020)

A. Palmese et al., Gravitational wave cosmology and astrophysics with large spectroscopic galaxy surveys, 
BAAS, 51, 310 (2019)

M. Soares-Santos & A. Palmese et al., First measurement of the Hubble constant from a dark standard siren using the Dark Energy Survey galaxies and the LIGO/Virgo binary-black-hole merger GW170814, 
(The DES Collaboration, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration), ApJL, 876, 1, L7 (2019)
A. Palmese et al., Evidence for dynamically–driven formation of of the GW170817 Neutron Star Binary in NGC 4993, ApJL, 849, L34 (2017)
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