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    9747 AG Groningen


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Research interests

I am a theoretical cosmologist interested in using gravitational wave probes to advance our knowledge of the early universe.


Current positions:
- Assistant Professor (tenured), Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity, University of Groningen
- Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Physics, The University of New South Wales

Previous positions:
- 2019-2020: Senior Lecturer, School of Physics, The University of New South Wales
- 2017-2019: Fixed-term Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University
- 2017-2018: Emmy Noether Fellow, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
- 2014-2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Earth & Space Exploration, Arizona State University
- 2012-2014: Postdoctoral Research Associate, W. I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute, University of Minnesota
- 2010-2012: Postdoctoral Member, Institut fuer Theoretische Teilchenphysik und Kosmologie, RWTH Aachen University

- 2010: Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, University of Padova
- 2007: Master of Science in Physics, University of Texas at Austin
- 2003: Laurea in Physics, University of Salento at Lecce

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PhD students:
- Martino Michelotti (The University of Groningen), 2021-2025 
- Ameek Malhotra  (The University of New South Wales), 2020-2024 
- Julius Wons (The University of New South Wales), 2019-2024

Master students (U. of Groningen):
- Josephine van Driel (2022-2023)
- Matthew Smith (2022-2023)

Bachelor students (U. of Groningen):
- 2022-23: Nicolo' Candiani, Gianmarco Morbelli, Andrei Secuiu
- 2021-22: Raluca Dragonici, Daniel van Dyk, Matthew Smith, Ashwin Vishwakarma
- 2020-21: Mattia Gentilini, Rick Beltman

Honors and awards:
- International Emerging Action grant (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris with University of Groningen, 2022-2023)
- Beate Naroska Visiting Professorship (University of Hamburg and DESY, 2021-2022) 
- Emmy Noether Visiting Fellowship (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2017-2018) 

Big Collaborations:
- LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) Consortium: member since 2018
- ET (Einstein Telescope) Observational Science Board: member since 2021

- EuCAPT (the European Consortium for Astroparticle Theory)
- Ozgrav (Centre of excellence for gravitational wave discovery)

- Physics Board of Examiners Member (University of Groningen, from 2023)
- ET Collaboration Board Member (since 2022) 
- EuCAPT Steering Committee Member (since 2022)
- PhD School Organiser: First EuCAPT School: Cosmology (University of Valencia, 2023)
- Workshop Organiser: Mission: Spectro Polarimetry in the Microwave Sky (Lorentz Center, 2022)
- Workshop Organiser: Probing fundamental physics with CMB spectral distortions (CERN, 2018) 
- PhD external examiner for: Adriaan Duivenvoorden (University of Stockholm, 2019); Maria Mylova (Swansea University, 2020); Pritha Bari (University of Padova, 2023)
- Lecturer: Spring School on Particle Physics and Cosmology (University of Sydney, 2019)
- Assessor: Dirac Medal Selection Committee (University of New South Wales, 2018)

- From 2020 (University of Groningen): Advanced Mechanics, Gravitational Waves, Quantum Universe Student Seminar, Mathematical Physics
- 2019-2020 (University of New South Wales): Quantum Physics, General Relativity
- 2017-2019 (Case Western Reserve University): Classical mechanics, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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