I am a professional astronomer at the Scuola Normale Superiore, in Pisa, and a passionate science communicator. Over the past ten years I have been very active in the fields of the interstellar medium and star formation. Since 2017 I have been working on discovering the role of magnetic fields in the structure and evolution of galaxies.
Post-doctoral Researcher, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
February 2020 - present
At SNS I am part of the Interstellar ERC project, dedicated to the study of the formation and characteristics of primordial galaxies. I study the generation and evolution of magnetic fields in these early galaxies.
Marie-Curie fellow, Foundation for Research and Technology, Greece
June 2017 - February 2020
My project ORIGAMI was an effort to unveil the role of magnetic fields in the evolution of galaxies, and vice-versa. I design and perform state-of-the art simulations of magnetized galaxies at different redshifts.
Post-doctoral Researcher, Commissariat à l'énergie atomique, France.
October 2012 - April 2017
At CEA I was part of the ORISTARS ERC project, designed to explain the origin and evolution of interstellar molecular filaments. I worked on numerical simulations targeted to interpreting the observational results.
PHD thesis, LMU and Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany
September 2007 - February 2012
My PhD thesis, supervised by Andreas Burkert, was conducted under the IMPRS program in Munich. I worked on interstellar spherical shocks called superbubbles, and how their collisions can trigger episodes of star formation.