I am an NWO Vidi fellow at the Leiden Observatory (Leiden University, The Netherlands) and I have an affiliation also with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON). My research is funded by an NWO Vidi Grant (project titled “Hints of New Physics in Pulsating Neutron Stars”) and covers the topic of neutron stars, accreting pulsars, radio pulsars and black holes.
My nationality is Italian and indeed I obtained my M.Sc. at the Department of Astronomy at the University of Padua (Italy) which is the same university where Galileo Galilei was teaching astronomy from 1592 to 1610 and where he performed his observations of the phases of Venus.
The supervision of my thesis was done by Prof. S. Ortolani (Univ. Padua), Prof. M. Colpi (University of Milan Bicocca) Dr. A. Possenti (Cagliary Observatory). I obtained my M.Sc (cum laude) with a dissertation on Radio Pulsars around Intermediate Mass Black Holes. I then worked on intermediate mass black holes and ultra luminous X-ray sources at the University of Milan until March 2005 when I moved to the Anton Pannekoek Institute at the University of Amsterdam for my Ph.D.
I obtained my Ph.D. in June 2009 with a dissertation on “Accreting Millisecond X-Ray Pulsars: from Accretion Disks to Magnetic Poles“. My supervisors were Prof. M. van der Klis (Bruno Rossi Prize 1987, Spinoza Prize 2004, Academy Professor KNAW 2010) and Dr. R. Wijnands (Bruno Rossi Prize 2007). I was awarded a three year NWO Veni Fellowship in September 2009 to work on accreting millisecond X-ray pulsars and kept working at the UvA until August 2013.
From January until August 2013 I also worked for 50% of my time at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, together with Dr. J. Hessels. I am now at the Leiden Observatory, which was home of well known physicists and astronomers of the 19th and 20th century like H. Lorentz, J. Oort, P. Zeeman, W. de Sitter and E. Hertzsprung. Here you can find the members of my group on compact objects.