Professor, Astronomy & Astrophysics
My research focuses on theoretical astrophysics and cosmology. Specific topics within these broad areas are: the physics of the intergalactic medium, first light and the dawn of galaxies, high-energy radiation backgrounds, the formation and evolution of massive black holes, the cosmic history of star formation. Other recent interests include the "Via Lactea Project", a suite of extremely high-resolution simulations of the assembly of the dark matter halo of the Milky Way.
BS, University of Florence, 1983
PhD, International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, 1987