Dr. de Mello joined Catholic University in March 2003 and has been working at Goddard Space Flight Center since then. Prior to this, she spent three years at the Onsala Space Observatory in Sweden as an Assistant Professor. Before going to Sweden she was a post-doc at Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore from 1997-1999. She was also a post-doc at Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in Chile and National Observatory in Rio, Brazil from 1995-1997. In 1997 she discovered the supernova SN1997D using the 1.52m ESO telescope in Chile.
Research InterestsResearch interest includes the role of evolution in galaxy properties; the environmental effects in galaxy evolution/formation; the properties of star-forming galaxies at low and high redshifts; the starburst/AGN connection.
- Starbursts in the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey.
- GALEX observations of Compact Groups of galaxies and HI tidal tails.
- HST observations of the Ultra Deep Field in the Ultraviolet.
- Properties of nearby galaxies M51 and M82
Other ActivitiesWhen I am not traveling or flying around in one of those small airplanes with Tommy, I am probably giving a talk somewhere in the world, writing children's books, or hunting for fossils on the beaches of Florida.
Check my latest Children's book: The Adventures of Pedro a Space Rock.