He carried out undergrad and graduate studies at the University of Padova, obtaining a Ph.D. in Astronomy in 2003. He was awarded the Gratton Prize in 2004. He worked at the Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics of the University of Heidelberg until 2006. Since 2006, he is staff researcher at INAF, Observatory of Astrophysics and Space Science of Bologna. He was awarded a RESCEU-DENET fellowship to work at the University of Tokyo in 2010. In 2013, he was awarded a NASA fellowship to work for two years at the Jet-Propulsion-Laboratory in Pasadena (USA). His reseacrh focusses on cosmology and structure formation. His goal is to understand the nature of dark matter and dark energy, the major components of the Universe. For this, he uses gravitational lensing to investigate the matter distribution in cosmic structures like galaxies and galaxy clusters and how it evolves with time.
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