Research

My main interests in astrophysics and cosmology rely on theoretical astrophysics of galaxy clusters, simulations and the role of galaxy clusters to do cosmology. I am interested in the dark matter characterisation, distribution in the large-scale structure of the Universe both on simulations and observations.
In the cosmological field, I am particularly interested in large-scale structures and their role in putting tighten constraints on cosmological parameters and the effect of the cosmic web in the growth of non-linear structures.

[image credits: Cosmic Web Millennium Simulation]

Projects

The main focus of my PhD project with supervisor Dr. Ian G. McCarthy and Dr. Rob Crain is to build self-consistent relations of various large-scale structure observables in different wavelengths and obtain tools for measuring the cosmological parameters. We are working with the BAHAMAS simulations, a suite of cosmological hydrodynamical simulations calibrated on the stellar and baryons content and with AGN's feedback.
My studies will be implemented in a new cosmological "emulator" that will be used to determine the effect of various set of cosmological parameters on real LSS observables without the need of re-running the simulations.
I did my master thesis in collaboration with professor Carlo Nipoti and Dr. Stefano Ettori (OABO) with the title "Gas rotation in massive galaxy clusters with axisymmetric potential: models and perspectives for X-ray observations".

[Image Credits: random "coding image" - fancy but not realistic]

Liverpool Big Data

The Liverpool big data science is a joint project between the Liverpool John Moores University and University of Liverpool created to train the studets in big data analysis with focused schools and course modules. The Liv.DAT is the one of the biggest group of students in the CDT scheme of the STFC and it covers a wide range of topics from cosmology, dark matter, galaxy formation, neutrino physics, particle physics, supernovae modelling and medical physics. Most of the PhD projects are in very large collaboration between UK and EU and with big facilities (CERN, Caltech, Max Planck Institute...)

[Image Credit: LivDAT logo]

About myself


I was born in Alessadria (Italy), the 4th of March 1992.
I did my undergraduate and Master at the Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna, Italy.
I have some experience as physics tutor (on my Linkedin page there is a more detailed profile).
During the university years, I ran some project in collaboration with other students. We managed an online blog and a bi-monthly journal, we made a weekly radio podcast (unfortunately the records have been deleted from the website) and finally I have organized and directed a series of videos and articles (publicly available, in Italian) regarding what is like studying at the university in order to help the future students to make a more aware choice.
I am really interested in technology, sports (mainly football, even if I am not such a good player), music, social and environmental rights.

[Image Credit: photo by Alessandra Di Vanna, (very small) part of the journal staff, Camplus Day, April 2014, Bologna]
Contacts

If you are interested in getting in touch with me here are some of my public socials page: Twitter, Linkedin, Github and Research Gate. If you want to contact me personally there is also the email address!


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