Galaxy formation and evolution

  • Barred galaxies and secular evolution
  • Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Dwarf galaxies


  • Integral-field and long-slit spectroscopy
  • Stellar and gas kinematics
  • Stellar population analysis, star formation histories
  • 2D+3D photometric decomposition of stellar structures


  • PhD in Astrophysics. Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias + Universidad de La Laguna (Spain). 2012
    • In my PhD thesis, Galaxies with multiple bars: constraints on their formation scenarios, I used integral-field and long-slit spectra to study in detail the stellar and gaseous content of double-barred galaxies. Double-barred galaxies are morphologically complicated disc galaxies hosting not only one, but two elongated stellar structures: the stellar bars. I discovered the σ-hollows, two local minima at both ends of inner bars within double-barred systems. The σ-hollows are kinematic signature of the presence of inner bars, sometimes hard to detect with photometry. For the first time, I explored the stellar populations in double-barred galaxies, finding that inner bars tend to be younger and more metal-rich than outer bars.
    • International modality of the PhD. The thesis was evaluated by two international referees (Prof. Reynier Peletier and Dr. Enrico M. Corsini) besides the 5-member evaluating committee (Prof. John Beckman, Prof. Evencio Mediavilla, Dr. Patricia Sánchez-Blázquez, Dr. Inma Martínez-Valpuesta, and Prof. Victor P. Debattista) .
  • BSc in Physics. Universidad de La Laguna (Spain). 2005
    • First National Award in Physics BSc
    •  ULL Extraordinary Award in Physics BSc

Scientific career

  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). 2020-
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). 2019-2020
  • Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain). 2017-2019
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico). 2016-2017
  • University of St Andrews (UK). 2016
  • Universidad de Granada (Spain). 2015
  • University of St Andrews (UK).2013-2015

Research stays 

  • European Southern Observatory (ESO). Garching, Germany. 2018
  • European Space and Technology Centre (ESTEC), European Space Agency (ESA). Leiden, The Netherlands. 2007
  • Leiden Observatory. Leiden, The Netherlands. 2007

International collaborations

  • BEARD: Bulgeless Evolution and the Rise of Discs.
  • TIMER: Timer Inference with MUSE in Extragalactic Rings
  • Composite Bulges
  • AGN-STORM: Space Telescope Optical Reverberation Mapping
  • CALIFA: Calar Alto Legacy Integral Field Area survey
  • RAVET: Real And Virtual Early Type galaxies

Professional transfer of knowledge

 Although my full name is Adriana de Lorenzo-Cáceres Rodríguez, I sign my publications as «de Lorenzo-Cáceres«

  • More than 50 refereed publications (>3500 citations; Hirsch index h>25. Source: NASA/ADS)
  • 2 invited talks in international conferences.
  • 9 invited seminars and colloquia in international institutions.
    • Timing the formation history of double-barred galaxies with the MUSE-TIMER project. European Southern Observatory (ESO; Germany). May 9, 2018
    • Evolution of barred galaxies: the formation of double bars and the debate about bar stability. Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA; Italy). June 14, 2017
    • First observational evidences for long-lived and growing bars. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. November 30, 2016
    • Unveiling the nature of barred galaxies. Instituto Nacional de Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE; México). November 4, 2016
    • Understanding galaxy formation and evolution from the perspective of (double-)barred galaxies. University of Stockholm (Sweden). February 26, 2016
    • A deep view into double-barred galaxies. University of Nottingham (UK). September 25, 2013
  • 24 oral contributions and 17 posters at international conferences
  • ✪ In 2020, I delivered the course «Preparing and delivering specialised scientific talks: how to be expressive» within the «Be Loquacious» workshop organised by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias. You can watch the 1-hour theoretical part of this course here.

Organisation of international conferences

  • Dynamics of disc galaxies in the era of large surveys. Symposium at the European Week of Astronomy. Lyon (France), June 2019. SOC Co-chair
  • Formation and evolution of bulge-less galaxies. Special session at the European Week of Astronomy. Lyon (France), June 2019. SOC Co-chair
  • IAC «Day of Our Science». Tenerife (Spain), May 2019. SOC and LOC
  • 2nd TIMER meeting. Tenerife (Spain), May 2019. LOC
  • 7th CALIFA Busy Week. St Andrews (UK), June 2014. LOC
  • RAVET Kick-off Project Meeting. Tenerife (Spain), January 2008. LOC
  • IAU Symposium 241: Stellar Populations as Building Blocks of Galaxies. La Palma (Spain), December 2006. LOC

Scientific and institutional responsibilities