I am a Level III (Senior) ESA/AURA Astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.
I also hold an appointment as Associate Research Scientist in the Physics and Astronomy Department of the Johns Hopkins University.
My work time is equally divided into a functional part and a research part. On the functional side, I work for the Hubble Space Telescope and I am a member of the ACS (Advanced Camera for Surveys) Team.
My scientific interests are mainly focused on Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and supermassive black holes.
I graduated in Physics in 1997 from University of Torino, Italy. Then I moved to SISSA/ISAS in Trieste, Italy for graduate school, where I got my PhD in Astrophysics with a thesis on the nuclear regions of low redshift radio galaxies as seen with the Hubble Space Telescope.
I was a postdoc at SISSA/ISAS for 6 months in 2000-2001 then I moved to STScI where I was ESA FELLOW between 2001 and 2003.
From 2001 to 2015 I held a tenured research position at INAF-ORA in Bologna, Italy. I have been at STScI since 2005 with an ESA/AURA Astronomer III (senior) position, working on the Hubble Space Telescope.