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Dr Anna Varri

UKRI Future leaders Fellowship

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Università degli Studi di Milano
Dynamics of globular clusters, 2012

Research Interests

My research interests are in theoretical and mathematical astrophysics, with a focus on stellar dynamics

  • Dynamics of star clusters and galactic nuclei
  • Formation and evolution of low-mass stellar systems
  • Kinematic complexity in kinetic and fluid dynamical systems
  • Gravitational N-body problem, with analytical techniques and numerical simulations


I am a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where I have been based since 2012 — first as a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellow in the Applied and Computational Mathematics group of the School of Mathematics, then as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow and Associate at the Institute for Astronomy, within School of Physics and Astronomy. I am now jointly appointed to both Schools.

I received my education at the Università degli Studi di Milano and, as a Fulbright Graduate Researcher, at Drexel University in Philadelphia. My PhD thesis has been recognised by the International Astronomical Union with a Gruber Foundation Young Scientist Award, which I took up at Indiana University Bloomington.

Visiting and Research Positions

Until Autumn 2019 I will be hosted by the University of Tokyo, within the Computational Astrophysics group in the Department of Astronomy, where I arrived as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science International Fellow, under the auspices of the Royal Society.

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