2006 NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship; 2003 UK Astrophysical Fluids Facility Fellowship
Gennaro is a Research Scientist with the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute. He carries out his research in the Space Science and Astrobiology Division (Planetary Systems Branch, SST) at the NASA Ames Research Center (NASA-ARC). Before joining the SETI Institute, he held appointments at NASA-ARC, at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and at the University of Exeter (UK).
Gennaro is an astrophysicist and planetary scientist whose scientific activity mainly focuses on accretion and protoplanetary disks, and on the formation and evolution of planets. He is also interested in stellar astrophysics. He works on disk-planet tidal interactions, orbital evolution of young planets, core-nucleated accretion of giant planets, satellite formation around giant planets, observational signature of planets in disks, and computational radiation hydrodynamics. He also studies the evolution of planetesimals (the planetary building blocks) in gaseous disks. Generally speaking, his research aims at predicting whether planets can form and what type of planets can form, given a set of initial conditions in a protoplanetary disk. These predictions not only can help us understand the origins of our Solar System but they can also inform us on the occurrence of habitable planets in extrasolar planetary systems.