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  • 2016- : Assistant Professor the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics,  University of Chicago
  • 2014-2016 : Associate Research Scholar at the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University
  • 2011-2014: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, working with prof. A. Spitkovsky
  • 2008-2011: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the INAF/Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Florence, Italy, working with prof. P. Blasi and his group
  • 2005-2008: Perfezionamento (Ph.D.) in Physics at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy. Thesis: 'Non-linear cosmic ray acceleration in supernova remnants'. Supervisors: prof. M. Vietri, prof. P. Blasi. Dissertation date and passing grade: 01 Apr 2009; 70/70 cum Laude
  • 2000-2005: Diploma di Licenza (Master) in Physics at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy, final dissertation at the end of a 5-yr scholarship at the institute. Thesis: 'Double pulsar and force-free magnetospheres'. Supervisor: prof. M. Vietri. Dissertation date and passing grade: 14 Dec 2005; 70/70 cum Laude
  • 2003-2005: Laurea Specialistica (Master Degree) in Physical and Astrophysical Sciences, curriculum of Theoretical Physics at the Universita' di Pisa, Italy. Thesis: 'On pulsar magnetospheres'. Supervisor: prof. M. Vietri. Dissertation date and passing grade: 22 Jul 2005; 110/110 cum Laude
  • 2000-2003: Laurea (Bachelor Degree) in Physics at the Universita' di Pisa, Italy. Thesis: 'Le equazioni di equilibrio stellare'. Supervisor: prof. S. Degl'Innocenti. Dissertation date and passing grade: 28 Jul 2003; 110/110 cum Laude 

Grants and Awards

  • PI: NASA grant NNX17AG30G (Astrophysics Theory Program): Multi-species first-principles simulations of particle acceleration at shocks
  • 2015 Rita Levi Montalcini Award for young researchers, awarded by the Italian Government (MIUR)
  • Shakti P. Duggal Award "to recognize outstanding work by a young scientist in the field of cosmic ray physics", 34th ICRC (2015), The Hague, The Netherlands
  • PI: NASA grant NNX14AQ34G (Fermi GI Program, Cycle-7): Gamma-Rays from Supernova Remnants: A Multi-Scale Approach
  • Co-I: STScI grant (HST GO Program, Cycle-22, PI: A.M. Ritchey): Constraining the Cosmic-ray Acceleration and gamma-ray Emission Processes in IC 443
  • Time awards at NASA Pleiades, XSEDE, and NERSC supercomputers.

Stages and scholarships

  • July-October 2009: Program 'Non linear processes in Astrophysical Plasmas' at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), Santa Barbara (CA), US, on invitation by prof. D. C. Ellison (North Carolina State University)
  • April-May 2008: Stage at the Fermi N. A. Lab., Batavia (IL), US
  • October 2004: Scholarship at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris (France)