Luciana Bianchi is a research professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Johns Hopkins University. She earned her PhD in astronomy (summa cum laude) from the University of Padua. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins University in 1996, she held research positions at Italian institutes, the European Space Agency (Vilspa, Spain), and the Space Telescope Science Institute (Baltimore, MD).
She has authored more than 400 scientific publications, including invited papers and reviews.
She is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the European Astronomical Society (EAS), and the Sociedad Española de Astronomía (SEA). She has been serving in panels and committees for NASA, for the European Research Council, national space agencies and foundations, and in several international panels and forums.
Bianchi’s research focuses on massive stars, stellar populations, and star formation in nearby galaxies. She leads observing programs with GALEX (UV), HST (UV to near-IR, including a large treasury program to characterize star-forming regions in Local Group galaxies) and large ground-based telescopes, and theoretical modeling efforts.
Bianchi is a co-investigator in NASA's GALEX mission, leading studies of nearby galaxies, and the "UV sky" project, which provides the first comprehensive view of the sky at ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths, and the characterization of hundreds of millions astronomical sources from the GALEX sky surveys, with corollary data. Other research activities include studies of Planetary Nebulae and white dwarfs.
She has been involved in development and testing of astronomical instrumentation, and has led or participated in design, development, and science operations of space-borne observatories from IUE to GALEX.