Below you can find a short astronomical-biography and a summary of my recent work. Click on ``Learn More'' for a complete Curriculum Vitæ.
My research is mainly focused on the study of quasars and blazars from the local Universe up to the the end of the Cosmic dark ages, at z>7. In particular, I am interested in their clustering properties and in the study of the circum-galactic medium.
I am an observational astronomer and I am currently based at GEMINI as Associate Scientist. I strictly collaborate with the ENIGMA group led by Joe Hennawi at UCSB and with the Pan-STARRS team quasars led by Fabian Walter at MPIA. I did my PhD at the Università degli Studi dell'Insubria and my undergraduate studies at the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (with some months at the Universität Zürich).
My research mainly focuses on the study of the brightest classes of active galactic nuclei (namely quasars and blazars) during a large fraction of cosmic time: from the local Universe out to the end of the cosmic dark ages at z>7. In the last years, I have explored the environment where these extremely luminous objects reside by exploiting a variety of techniques: broad-band optical and near-infrared imaging, as well as long-slit, multi-object, and integral field spectroscopy. In particular, my scientific interests can be broadly divided into two main topics: the study of the first quasars at z>6 and the detailed investigation of the quasar circum-galactic medium at z≈2.