Luca Schifano is a PhD student at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Faculty of Engineering, Department of Applied Physics and Photonics, Brussels Photonics (B-PHOT) research group. He is doing his PhD in collaboration with the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, where he is the instrument scientist in charge of the development of future space instrumentation, in the framework of the Solar-Terrestrial Center of Excellence (STCE). After a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Mons, he graduated with great distinction as Master in Space Sciences at the University of Liège, in 2018. His master thesis, performed at the Liège Space Center (CSL), focused on the development of a space-based nulling interferometer to detect and characterize exoplanets. Currently, within his doctoral research, Luca develops novel space optical instruments aiming to improve climate change monitoring from space. Through his research, he extends the activities of B-PHOT to space optics.