Cecilia Ceccarelli is a Professor at the Université Grenoble Alpes.
She started her career with a thesis on the Cosmic Background Radiation at the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1982. After a short period working in private companies, she joined the CNR in Italy as a permanent researcher. She then spent two years at NASA Ames in Mountain View (USA) and joined the Observatory of Bordeaux in 2000 and the Observatory of Grenoble in 2003.
She was a member of the ESA Infrared Space Observatory LWS and Herschel Space Observatory HIFI consortium teams. She received an ERC Advanced grant and lead an ITN project and was awarded the Prize Irène Joliot-Curie 2006 ``Femme Scientifique de l'année'.
Her current research interests include astrochemistry and the formation of Solar-like planetary systems, where she contributes with theoretical and observational studies.