Short CV/Education and training

  • 1995 – 2000
    Diploma studies in AMO Physics, Univ. Federico II, Naples, Italy

  • 1999 – 2000
    Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Theoretical Physics, International School for Advanced Studies (ISAS), Trieste, Italy

  • 2000
    Dipl. Phys. at Univ. Federico II (Naples, Italy), Diploma with Distinction

  • 2001 – 2004
    PhD in Physics at LENS, Florence, Italy

  • 2004 – 2006
    Post-doc at the European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), University of Florence, Italy

  • 2006 – 2007
    Visiting Scientist at the Institut für Experimentalphysik, University of Innsbruck, Austria

  • 2007 – 2009
    Lise-Meitner Postdoctoral Fellow, Granted by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

  • since 2009
    Research and Teaching Associate (Assistenzprofessorinnen), Leader of the research group Ultracold Erbium: Exploring Exotic Quantum Gases, Co-PI of the research group LevT (PI: R. Grimm), University of Innsbruck, Austria

  • 2010
    Beginning of the Qualifizierungsvereinbarung process at the University of Innsbruck, Date of the evaluation: 01.05.2012.

Selected publications

  • Total publications

  • 32 already published. My publication track-record includes 1 Trend article in Physics, 1 Science (impact factor, if: 28.103), 1 Nature Phys. (if: 16.821), 11 Phys. Rev. Lett. (if: 7.180), 1 New J. Phys. (if: 3.440), 9 Phys. Rev. A (if: 2.908), a book chapter, and a number of proceeding; see List of Publications.

  • Total citations: >1000 – h-index: 19

Selected projects

  • Projects for the dissemination of science to the general public

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Referee: Science; American Physical Society (APS) Journals, including Phys. Rev. Lett. and Phys. Rev. A; Journal of Physics B; New Journal of Physics

  • Member of search committees for a new Professor Position (Berufungskommission) in Theoretical Physics, 2009 – 2010 and in Nano-, Plasma- and Biophysics, 2011

  • Member of habilitation committee (Habilitationskommission)

  • Forschungsleistungsdokumentation (FLD): Manager of the documentation database for the Institut für Experimentalphysik, Quantum gases group, 2009 – 2010

  • Member of the Junge Kurie of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OAW), since April 2011

Media coverage

  • Some on the scientific results I have obtained in Innsbruck have been well covered in national and international media.

  • Some of the most relevant journal reported on our results are: ViewPoint in Physics (APS), Physics World (IOP), Die Presse, OPFocus, Science Daily, Der Standard, La Repubblica, Il Mattino

  • A number of focus articles dedicated to myself and my achievement has been published in Der Standard, Tiroler Tageszeitung, Corriere della Sera, Mattino, Repubblica, Expresso, etc…

Additional qualifications

  • experience in organizing international conferences, schools and meetings

  • Supervisor of of a PhD student, two master students, and two post-docs at the ERBIUM project within the group “Ultracold Atoms and Quantum Gases”, Univ. Innsbruck, Austria

  • Co-supervisor of two PhD students, one master student, and one post-doc working at the LevT project within the group “Ultracold Atoms and Quantum Gases”, Univ. Innsbruck Austria


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