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Kavli Institute Fellow
Institute of Astronomy and Kavli Institute for Cosmology
University of Cambridge
Madingley Road
Cambridge, CB3 0HA
United Kingdom

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  • I am hiring a postdoc to join my new group at the University of Melbourne: Deadline to apply is November 30, 2014.

  • August 26, 2014: Australian Visa finally approved (for four years): I will be joining the faculty at the School of Physics of the University of Melbourne as Senior Lecturer and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in October!

  • June 24, 2014: My largest Hubble Space Telescope allocation ever: 480 orbits in a single cycle to extend bright galaxy detection to Hubble's frontier at 500 Myr after the Big Bang: Bright Galaxies at Hubble's Detection Frontier: The redshift z~9-10 BoRG pure-parallel survey. I am looking forward to this amazing dataset! Update of June 25: with the adrenaline levels going down and the brain functioning again, I just realized that, pending a successful phaseII, Hubble will be busy taking the data for 32 full days!! For the full story see this KICC release.

  • June 5, 2014: My latest work on GRB host galaxies is available on arXiv.

  • Try my Cosmic Variance Calculator for high-redshift galaxy surveys.

    Selected Old News

  • November 8, 2013: I have been awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (4 year faculty-level fellowship; Aim: "attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers ... to conduct world-class, innovative research in Australia").
  • March 2013: I accepted an offer from the University of Melbourne for a faculty position (Senior Lecturer) within the School of Physics.
  • December 11, 2012: My Marie Curie Career Integration Grant "The first protocluster of galaxies: probes of star formation in the infancy of the Universe" has been approved for funding (April 2013-March 2017).
  • June 6, 2012: Sixth cycle in a row with an HST proposal approved as PI: Unveiling the structure of the farthest galaxy protocluster: WFC3 imaging of a z~8 galaxy overdensity.
  • June 6 2011: My BoRG survey has been approved for continuation by the HST TAC: A second large HST program as PI!
  • From January 2012: I will join the Kavli Institute for Cosmology in Cambridge, UK as a Kavli Fellow.
  • November 6 2008: Nature featured one of my paper on Population III stars in its research highlights section.
  • May 29 2008: My HST-GO/PAR large program (142 orbits) to search for bright z>7.5 galaxies has been approved! I am also a Co-I of a program to search for faint galaxies at those redshifts.

    About me

    From January 2012 I am a Kavli Institute Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, UK. Currently, I am working primarily on:
    * Galaxy formation and evolution at high redshift and Population III stars
    I am also interested in the local Universe:
    * Dynamical evolution of globular clusters, mainly searching for intermediate mass black holes at their center

    I completed my undergraduate (2001) and graduate (2005) education in Physics in Italy at Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, an extremely selective institution which admits less than 30 science majors each year (27 in 1997 when I took the entrance examination) and provides a full scholarship to its students. If you are curious to learn more about Scuola Normale Superiore as seen from a U.S. perspective, there is a recent coverage on the school by The Chronicle of Higher Education . Before joining the Institute of Astronomy, I was a post-doc at CASA, University of Colorado, and at the Space Telescope Science Institute.

    When I am not sitting in front of the computer to work on astrophysics I like to play strategy board games (and Dungeons&Dragons as well...) with my friends and to hike/climb outside. Lately I have taken an interest in trail running, including the Pikes Peak Ascent, and recently my first ultra-marathon.

    Since 2005 I am married to Daiana. We studied together in Pisa and she currently works for the Cassini Imaging Team.

    A more formal CV is available upon request.