I was born in Rome in1970. M.Sc at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1995. PhD in 2000, Supervisor D.W. Sciama, on “Vacuum effects in Strong Gravitational Fields”. Postdoc at the University of Maryland from 2000 to 2003. Research Associate in SISSA from 2003 till 2010.
Associate Professor at SISSA since then, Head of the Astroparticle PhD/Research group at SISSA since 2011.
What inspired you to study science, and astrophysics?
Passion and curiosity. I wanted to do science since I was 10.
Do you have a role model in science?
My former supervisor Dennis Sciama is probably what comes closer to a role model to me.
A quote that inspires you?
“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them… “. Galileo Galilei
I like it because it conveys what I feel is a profound truth. Nature can be difficult to understand but once you get a true understanding its laws re always elegant and somewhat consequential. We always end up saying “Of course it had to be so!”
Quantum Gravity Phenomenology; Analogue models of Gravity; Quantum Aspects of Black Holes; Quantum Field theory in Curved Spacetimes; Theory of gravitational theories
Favourite reference papers:
Relativity: The Special and the General Theory; A Popular Exposition by Albert Einstein
Wald –General Relativity
Hawking-Ellis: The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime