Born in Florence in 1964.
Laurea Degree (110 cum laude) and PhD in Astronomy, University of
Astronomer at the Bologna Astronomical Observatory (1992-2001),
Associate Professor (2002-2010),
and Professor (since 1-3-2011) at the Department of Astronomy,
University of Bologna.
Visiting Lecturer of Stellar Dynamics at Scuola Normale Superiore,
Pisa (1997-2003 and 2006-2008).
Tutor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Collegio Superiore of the
Bologna University (since 2008).
Deputy-director of the Department of Astronomy of the Bologna
Appointed delegate of the Mathematical, Physical and Natural
Sciences faculty for ERASMUS (2011-2012).
Coordinator of the Corso di Studi per la Laurea in Astronomia
e per la Laurea Magistrale in Astrofisica e Cosmologia (1-11-2012
Director of Collegio Superiore dell'Universita' di Bologna (1-11-2012 to 21-7-2019).
Deputy Director Department of Physics and Astronomy (since
For long-term collaborations, since 1991 visitor of the Dept. of
Astrophysical Sciences of the Princeton University (NJ, USA), and
since 1994 visitor of the Dept. of Theoretical Physics of Oxford
Also visitor of ESO (Garching), University Observatory Munich
(Germany), Institute of Astronomy (Cambdrige University, UK),
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute (University of Groningen, The
Netherlands), Institute for Theory and Computation (Harvard
University, USA), Department of Mathematics (MIT, USA), IPMU (Tokyo
University), ETH (Zurich), Aspen Center for Physics (CO, USA),
Columbia University (NY, USA), Eotovos University (Budapest).
Member of final PhD examination committee for SNS-Pisa,
University of Ginevra, Milano, Groningen (NL), Insubria, Yale
(USA), Cambridge (UK), Ghent (BEL)
IAU member Commission 28 (Division VIII, Galaxies)
IAU member Commission 44 (Division XI, Space & High Energy
SOC member of:
International meeting "Formation of Elliptical Galaxies" (Accademia
dei Lincei, 1993).
Joint Discussion "Dark Matter in Early Type Galaxies" per la IAU
XXVII General Assembly (Brazil, 2009).
International meeting "Galaxy properties across the Cosmic Ages"
(Accademia dei Lincei, 2009).
International meeting ``Galaxies: Origin, Dynamics, Structure''
(2012, Sochi, Russia).
International meeting ``The Physics of Feedback Processes and
their Role in Galaxy Evolution'' (2012, Aspen, CO, USA)
International meeting ``Recent developments in stellar
dynamics and plasma physics" (2012, Como, Italy)
International biannual Bologna workshop ``Luminous and dark matter
in galaxies and clusters of galaxies'' (2005), ``Dark matter in
galaxies and galaxy clusters'' (2007), ``Dark haloes from smallest
to largest scales'' (2009), ``Dark matter from globular clusters to
clusters of galaxies'' (2011)
International Workshop ``Bright and Dark Universe" (2017, Napoli, Italy)
Local coordinator of the grant PRIN (2004) ``Collective phenomena
in the dynamics of galaxies''
National coordinator of the grant PRIN (2008) "Structure and
dynamics of large self-gravitating systems: mass
Local coordinator of the grant PRIN (2010) ``Chemical and Dynamical
Evolution of the Milky Way and Local Group Galaxies''
Referee for: A&A, MNRAS, ApJ, AJ, Nature, New Astronomy,
Classical & Quantum Gravity, Astrophysical Letters & Comm.,
Astroparticle Physics, Il Nuovo Cimento B, Physica Scripta,
Proceedings of the Royal Society (A), Progress In Electromagnetics
Research, Journal of electromagnetic waves and applications,
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Celestial Mechanics
and Dynamical Astronomy, Journal of Astrophysics, Galaxies, Journal
of Plasma Physics, European Physical Journal, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia.
Referee for: Italian MIUR, the Evaluation, selection, and award
procedures of the European Research Council [ERC, FP7, H2020], the
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Netherlands
Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Romanian National
Council for Research and Development (PCCA), the French Research
Agency (FRA), ``Leverhulme Trust RPG'' (UK).
Referent for Bologna University Italian in the Board ``GREAT-ITN''
(FP7 Marie Curie - Studies of the Milky Way) and ``GAIA-ITN"
(H2020 - Galactic Dynamics)
Member ESO Panel (P91-P92) "Galaxies and Galactic Nuclei"
Supervisor or co-supervisor of 70 Master Theses, and 7 PhD Theses.
Author of ~170 publications, ~100 (several of them as single-name or first author) on referred international journals, of a book on Stellar Dynamics for Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and of various Review papers on galactic dynamics and accretion phenomena on black holes at the center of galaxies. Currently working on a book on Stellar Dynamics for Cambridge University Press.
Field of interest: theoretical astrophysics. Main results on
Stellar Dynamics: theory of phase-space distribution functions,
potential theory, relaxation phenomena, construction of dynamical
models of galaxies with dark matter halos, with special attention
to the formation, structure, and evolution of elliptical galaxies
and their Scaling Laws (such as for example the Fundamental Plane).
Main results on Fluidodynamics: structure and evolution of the
X-ray emitting hot gaseous coronae of elliptical galaxies, in
presence of stellar feedback from supernovae and stellar winds,
accretion phenomena and feedback from supermassive black holes at
the center of stellar spheroids, construction of equilibrium models
for the gaseous coronae of disk galaxies and study of galactic