Curriculum Vitae


University of Bologna, Italy

Laurea in Astronomy (Master), 2004

TUM-Munich/International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS), Germany

Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy, 2007

Thesis: Large Scale Structures in X-ray Surveys


2018-            University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Asst. Professor

2015-2017    Yale University, New Haven, CT

                       Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics – Prize Postdoctoral Fellow

2010-2015    INAF-OABO, Bologna, Italy

                       INAF International Postdoctoral Fellow 

2008-2015   University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

                       Visiting Research Assistant

2007-2010   Max Planck Institut für Extr. Physik (MPE), Garching, Germany

                       Postdoctoral Scientist 

2004-2007  MPE & TUM, Garching & Munich, Germany

                       PhD fellow at IMPRS in Astronomy


  • Finalist for early career prize by ISSNAF (Italian Scientist and Scholar North America Foundation) 2016
  • Yale-YCAA Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015
  • INAF International Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010
  • Marsden Prize, European Astrosky Network, 2010
  • Prize Fellowship Blanceflor foundation, Sweden, 2009
  • Prize Fellowship Della Riccia foundation, Italy, 2009
  • Marie Curie Early stage research PhD fellowship, 2004



  • SOC member of tristate area postdoc symposium, Columbia University, March 2017
  • Organization of the professional workshop: “The performing art of science presentation”, Yale, 2016
  • Organization of YCAA seminar series, 2016
  • LOC of the NUSTAR meeting, Bologna, 2015
  • Chair of the LOC and SOC member for the Conference: “Whereabouts, Physical State and Metallicity of the Missing Baryons in the Local Universe” Cervia Italy, June 2012


  • Member of the early Black Holes WG for the X-ray surveyor, 2016 – Present
  • Member of the proposer group for STAR-X, 2016 – Present
  • Member of the AAS, 2016 – Present
  • Member of Athena-WG 1.4 Missing Baryons, 2015 – Present
  • Member of Athena-WG 2.1 Formation and growth of earliest SMBHs, 2015 – Present
  • Member of Nustar UDS team, 2015 – Present
  • Member of Steering Comm. Chandra-UDS Visionary program, 2014 – Present
  • Member of ASTRODEEP Collaboration, 2013 – Present
  • Member of the “The Hot Energetic Universe” winning team for ESA-L2 mission (ATHENA), 2012 – Present
  • Member of the NASA-Euclid Consortium, 2012 – Present
  • Member of Steering Comm. Stripe 82 XMM/Chandra survey (PI M. Urry), 2011-Present
  • Member of the ground software development team for the eROSITA mission, 2007-2010
  • Responsible of X-ray data analysis and catalogs in the XMM-COSMOS survey, 2004 – 2007