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Sara Motta

Dr Sara Motta, Junior Research Fellow in Astrophysics

Dr Sara Elisa Motta joined Wadham College in March 2015 as Junior Research Fellow in Astrophysics.

Sara was born and raised near Milan, in Italy. She studied physics and astrophysics and obtained her Master's at the University of Milano Bicocca. subsequently receiving her PhD training in Astrophysics at the University of Insubria (Como, Italy). Sara obtained a Research Fellowship in Space Science and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the European Space Astronomy Centre in Madrid, Spain.

In 2014 Sara was awarded a Violette and Samuel Glasstone Research Fellowship and moved to Oxford in March 2015 to join the Astrophysics Sub-Department of the University of Oxford. She joined Wadham college as Junior Research Fellow.

Sara's research focuses on black-holes. She is particularly interested in the physics of accretion around stellar-mass black holes and on the observational evidence of General Relativity effects in the strong-field regime. She has been studying, both from an observational and theoretical point of view, rapid variability from compact objects and she's now dedicated to probe the accretion-ejection connection in accreting black holes.