Research Employment

Universität Zürich, Switzerland
Institute for Computational Science
Center for Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
Oberassistent (Senior Research Scientist)
   Postdoctoral Researcher/Tomalla and Forschungskredit Fellow

03/2019  -  present
06/2015  - 02/2019
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
Institut für Astrophysik
Postdoctoral Researcher

01/2015 - 05/2015
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Department of Astronomy
Postdoctoral Researcher
09/2012 - 12/2014

Teaching Experience

Main Instructor, Universität Zürich, Switzerland (Spring 2019 and Spring 2020)
Preparing and delivering weekly lectures, and evaluating students' work:
AST 202 The Universe: Contents, Origin, Evolution and Future (2019 and 2020)
Teaching Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA (during doctoral studies)
Developing weekly discussion sections, homework/exam review sessions, and grading:
ASTR 210 Stars and Their Evolution
ASTR 140 Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics
ASTR 130 Life in the Universe
ASTR 160 Galaxies and the Universe
ASTR 170 Introduction to Cosmology

Astrophysics Education

Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
Department of Astronomy
Ph.D. (Astronomy)
Thesis topic: Theoretical investigations on the dark matter and gas content of
large spheroidal systems
Advisers: Professors Paolo S. Coppi and Priyamvada Natarajan
(Also M.S. Astronomy and M.Phil. Astronomy en route to Ph.D.)


Saas-Fee school on Black Hole Formation and Growth,
Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy, Saas-Fee, Switzerland
KROME school on Computational Astrochemistry,
Statens Naturhistoriske Museum, København, Denmark
IHP program on Gravitation, Astrophysics and Cosmology, Galactic Dynamics,
Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris, France
KITP program on A Universe of Black Holes,
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara, CA, USA
PiTP program on Computational Astrophysics,
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA


Talk at the University of Florida Department of Physics,
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Talk at the Georgia Tech Center for Relativistic Astrophysics,
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
Talk at the Columbia University Department of Astronomy,
Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Talk at the LISA in Lisbon LISA Science Interpretation leaders meeting,
Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, Portugal
Talk at the INAF-IAPS Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali,
Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Roma, Italy
Talk at the UiO Institutt for teoretisk astrofysikk,
Universitetet i Oslo, Norway
Talk at the Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy general assembly,
Physikalisch Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos/World Radiation Centre, Davos, Switzerland
Talk at the Young Astronomers on Galactic Nuclei rendezvous,
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy
Talk at the STARPLAN Research Center,
Centre for Star and Planet Formation, København, Denmark
Talk at the KROME Computational School, Applications of KROME,
Statens Naturhistoriske Museum, København, Denmark
Talk at the LERMA Galaxies et Cosmologie research pole,
Observatoire de Paris, France
Talk at the IAG Cosmology seminar,
Institut für Astrophysik, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
Talk at the Southampton Astronomy group,
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton, UK
Talk at the ICS Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology center,
Institute for Computational Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Talk at the MPE Hochenergie-Astrophysik group,
Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany
Talk at the MPIA Galaxien und Kosmologie department,
Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany
Discussion led at the KITP program on A Universe of Black Holes,
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Talk at the Massive Black Holes: Birth, Growth and Impact conference,
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Talk at the Gas Dynamics and Star Formation in the Extreme Environment of Galactic Nuclei workshop,
Schloss Ringberg, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Rottach-Egern, Germany
Talk at the Shaping Galaxy Evolution: Interactions and Feedback workshop,
Observatoire de Paris, France
Talk at the IAP Origine et Evolution des Galaxies research group,
Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France
Poster at the Galaxy Formation conference,
University of Durham, UK

Technical Expertise

Programming/Analysis: High performance parallel computing, C, C++, IDL, Python, LaTeX

Public Outreach

Consultant and Writer for Gioca e impara con lo spazio, Space Encyclopedia for ages 5-11, De Agostini Editore, Novara, Italy 2009
Consultant and Translator for the sections in English ('The Universe', 'Celestial Bodies', and 'Science and Technology') in the high school Physics textbook FTE Fisica Teorie Esperimenti, by Fabbri & Masini, SEI Editrice, Torino, Italy 2019

Previous Employment

Optical Network Consultant, Nortel Networks, London, UK, and São Paulo, Brazil 1999 - 2002
Web Designer, The Hub Communications, London, UK 1999

Previous Education

Università degli Studi, Pavia, Italy
Department of Electronics
(now Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering)
Optoelectronics Group
B.Eng. and M.Eng. (Electronic Engineering), summa cum laude [110/110 e lode]
Thesis topic: Micromachining technologies for automotive gyroscopes
Adviser: Professor Silvano Donati


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