About Me

Education

  • 2007: Astronomy Ph.D., University of Rome Sapienza.

  • 2003: Laurea in Physics cum laude, University of Rome Sapienza.

Academic positions

  • 9/2018 - present: Associate Professor of Physics, Texas Tech University.

  • 9/2014 - 8/2018: Assistant Professor of Physics, Texas Tech University.

  • 2012 - 2014: Assistant Professor of Physics, The George Washington University.

  • 2010 - 2012: Post-doc, California Institute of Technology.

  • 2008 - 2010: Post-doc, University of Rome Sapienza & Pennsylvania State University.

  • 2007 - 2008: Post-doc, National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF/IASF-Rome) and Rome University Sapienza.

Honors and Awards:

  • Selected as one of the ``2020 SN 10: Scientists to Watch'' by Science News.

  • President's Excellence in Research Professorship (2020-present). 

  • 2020 TAMEST O’Donnell award for Science.

  • 2019 Fellow of the American Physical Society.

  • AAS Bruno Rossi Prize (as part of the LSC).

  • Gruber Cosmology Prize (as part of the LSC).

  • Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (as part of the LSC).

  • Fellow of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (Scialog).

  • L’Oreal-UNESCO National awardee “For Women in Science”.

Past and current students and collaborators

High School Students

  1. Frank Padgett (GWU, 2014).

  2. Nishit Mishra (TTU Clark Scholar; Summer 2016 - 2017)

  3. Joe McCarty (TTU Clark Scholar; 2019-2020)

Undergraduate Students

  1. Sibilla di Pace (Sapienza; 2009)

  2. Maria Concetta Tringali (CalTech/Sapienza; Summer 2011)

  3. Igor Andreoni (University of Milan/GWU; Summer 2013)

  4. Derek Brehm (GWU; 2013-2014)

  5. Ajayi Scott-Robinson (GWU, 2013-2014).

  6. Matteo Di Giovanni (Sapienza/TTU; Summer 2015)

  7. Kyle Stewart, TTU (2015)

  8. Carrah Osborne (TTU, 2015)

  9. Brody Moore (TTU, 2015)

  10. Chance Norris (TTU; 2015-2016)

  11. Deven Bhakta (TTU; 2014-2017)

  12. Kyle Artkop (TTU; 2017-2018)

  13. Rachel Smith (TTU; 2017-2018)

  14. Connor Spinuzzi (TTU; 2018)

  15. Eric Garcia (TTU; 2018)

  16. Connor Grandorf (TTU; 2018-2019)

  17. Anthony Rushing (TTU; 2018 - 2019)

  18. Heather Harbin (TTU; 2018-present)

  19. Priya Rajkumar (TTU; 2018-present)

  20. Avery Cook (TTU; 2020-present)

Graduate Students

  1. Robert Coyne (TTU/GWU; 2012-2015)

  2. Deven Bhakta (TTU; 2017-2020)

  3. Eric Sowell (TTU; 2016-present)

  4. Arvind Balasubramanian (TTU; 2018-present)

  5. Tanazza Khanam (TTU; 2019-present)

Post-doctoral scholars

  1. Dr. Peter Veres (GWU; 2014)

  2. Dr. Robert Coyne (TTU; 2015-2017)

  3. Dr. Nipuni Palliyaguru (TTU; 2015-2017)

  4. Dr. Dario Carbone (TTU; 2017-2019)

Long term (senior) collaborators (partial list)

  1. Dr. Robert Coyne (URI)

  2. Dr. Dale Frail (NRAO)

  3. Dr. Avishay Gal-Yam (Weizmann)

  4. Prof. Mansi Kasliwal (CalTech)

  5. Prof. Shrinivas R. Kulkarni (CalTech)

  6. Prof. Davide Lazzati (Oregon State University)

  7. Prof. Szabolcs Marka (Columbia)

  8. Prof. Peter Meszaros (Penn State)

  9. Prof. Rosalba Perna (Stony Brook University)