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Sep 2005: Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Amsterdam, NL

Thesis: Relativistic jets from stellar black holes


Feb 2001: Laurea (B.Sc. & M.Sc. equivalent), Physics, cum laude, Universita’ degli Studi di Milano, IT

Thesis: Comptonization in active coronae




Nov 2008-present: Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, USA

Nov 2005-2008: Chandra Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Sep 2001-Sep 2005: Graduate Student, University of Amsterdam, NL




2008 Hubble Fellowship (Space Telescope Science Institute)

2005 Chandra Fellowship (Chandra X-ray Observatory Center)


Invited talks

`Broadband observations of jets in different states’, International Astronomical Union Symposium No. 275: `Jets on all scales’, to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 13-17, 2010

`Black hole accretion phases’, 19th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation’, to be held in Mexico City, July 5-9, 2010

`X-ray and radio properties of black hole candidates', X-ray Astronomy 2009. Present Status,

multi-wavelength approach and future perspectives, Bologna, Italy, September 7-11, 2009


`Multi-wavelength view of microquasars', The VII Microquasar Workshop, Izmir, Turkey, September 1-5, 2008


`AMUSE-Virgo: a Chandra/Spitzer survey of 100 early-type Virgo galaxies’, The First California Postdoc Symposium, Santa Cruz, California, August 21-22, 2008


`Hunting for quiescent super-massive black holes’, ACKS Seminar, SLAC/KIPAC Stanford, May 22, 2008


`Energy feedback from quiescent black holes', Observational Evidence for Black Holes in the Universe, Calcutta, India, February 10-15, 2008


`Multi-wavelength observations of jets at high and low X-ray luminosities', A Population Explosion: new results on the nature and evolution of X-ray binaries, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, October 28-November 2, 2007


`The spectral energy distribution of quiescent black hole binaries', Microquasar/AGN Workshop, Heraklion, Greece, June 4-8, 2007


`Multi-wavelength observations of accretion modes and jet activity in black hole X-ray binaries' ,

The XXIII Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, Melbourne, Dec 11-15, 2006


`Radio emission and jets from Galactic Microquasars', Fifth Microquasar Workshop, Como, September 18-22, 2006


`Jets from the Faintest Black Holes' , The Multicoloured Landscape of Compact Objects and

their Explosive Origins, Cefalu’, Italy, June 11-24, 2006


`Jets from Galactic X-ray Transients: the MIRAX Perspective',The Transient Milky Way: A Perspective for MIRAX, Sao Jose’ dos Campos, Brazil, December 7-9, 2005


`X-ray Binary Jets' , Stellar End-products, Granada, Spain, April 13-15, 2005


`Black Hole X-ray Binary Jets' , Interacting Binaries: accretion, evolution and outcomes, Cefalu’, Italy, July 4-10, 2004




2009-2011: AMUSE-Field (PI: Gallo)

Agency: Chandra X-ray Center; Total Award: USD 243,498.000

2008-10: Triggered observations of the Microquasar GRS1915+105 in quiescence (Co-PI: Gallo)

Agency:  Chandra X-ray Center; Total Award: USD 19,384.00


2007-09: The Duty Cycle of Super-massive Black Holes: X-raying Virgo (Co-PI: Gallo)

Agency:  Chandra X-ray Center; Total Award: USD 232,943.00


2007-08: Ultraluminous X-ray Sources in Elliptical Galaxies and the X-ray Binary/Globular-Cluster Connection (PI: Gallo)

Agency:  Space Telescope Science Inst.; Total Award: USD 65,414.00


2007-08: X-raying the faintest black-holes (PI: Gallo)

Agency:  Chandra X-ray Center; Total Award: USD 30,005.00


2007-08: The Duty Cycle of Super-massive Black Holes: X-raying Virgo (Co-PI: Gallo)

Agency:  Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Spitzer Science Center

Total Award: USD 28,675.00


2005-08: Accretion Modes and Jet Production in Stellar and Supermassive Black Holes (PI: Gallo)

Agency:  Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; Total Award: USD 246,324.00


2010- S.O.C., `Central Massive Objects: The Stellar Nuclei - Black Hole Connection’, to be held at ESO in Garching by Munich, Germany, June 22-25, 2010

2010- S.O.C., COSPAR meeting Session E13: `Accretion onto Compact Objects and Fast Phenomena in the Multi-Wavelength Era’, to be held in Bremen, Germany, July 18-25, 2010

2010- S.O.C., IAU Symposium: `Jets at all Scales’, to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 13-17

2008- IASF (Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica) Peer Review Panel (High Energy Astrophysics)


2008- Suzaku Peer Review Panel, NASA Guest Observer program, Cycle 3


2007- Chandra Peer Review Panel, General Observer program, Cycle 9


2007- IASF Peer Review Panel (High Energy Astrophysics)


Referee for `Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society', `Astrophysical Journal' and `Astronomy & Astrophysics'




2008-present: Advisor, MIT UROP student Agata Wisniowska

2007-present: Co-Advisor, UCSB graduate student J. Jacob


2007: Guest Lecturer, `High Energy Astrophysics' (Astrophysics graduate students), International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste


2006: Guest Lecturer, `History of the Universe' (non-Physics majors), University of California Santa Barbara


2002-2004: Teaching Assistant, `Laboratory of Astrophysics' (Astronomy under-graduate students), University of Amsterdam


Academic references


Prof Rob Fender (Ph.D. advisor)

School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton, UK


Prof Tommaso Treu

Physics Department, University of California Santa Barbara, USA


Prof Annalisa Celotti

International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, IT


Prof Michiel van der Klis

Astronomical Institute `Anton Pannekoek’, University of Amsterdam, NL


Dr John Tomsick

Space Sciences Laboratories, University of California Berkeley, USA


Dr Michael Rupen

National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA