Rodrigo Nemmen in 2016. Credit: Rui Sintra.

A short bio

I was born and grew up in the city of Passo Fundo located in the southern Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul state. People from that region are called “gauchos” in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguai.

I lived for many years in Porto Alegre where I received my bachelor and Ph.D. degrees from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. During my PhD, I spent some time in US and UK (Penn State and Durham Univ.).

After getting my PhD, I moved to USA where I was a postdoctoral researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for four years. At NASA, I kept doing independent research on my favorite subject — black holes — in the Astroparticle Physics and X-ray Astrophysics Labs.

Eventually, I moved back to my home country and I am currently an Associate Professor at the Astronomy Department at the Instituto de Astronomia, Geofisica e Ciencias Atmosfericas (IAG), University of Sao Paulo (USP). USP is widely considered the best university in Brasil.

And more

I am happily married to the amazing Celina Ramirez.

I enjoy motorcycles, running and swimming. I am a voracious reader. Here are the books I am currently reading.

My previous hobbies include: acoustic guitar, ukulele, capoeira and surfing. No, I do not care about soccer even though I am Brazilian. But I can make conversation.

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University of São Paulo / Associate Professor

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