I was born and raised in Sardinia, a wonderful island in the Mediterranean Sea. As many scientists of my generation, I became interested in physics during high school after reading Stephen Hawking's super-popular “Brief History of Time”, and decided to study theoretical physics and gravity.
In January 2011, I defended the PhD thesis entitled “Applications of perturbation theory in black hole physics” [Advisor: Prof. Mariano Cadoni (Cagliari U.)].
In 2011, I was a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Vitor Cardoso's gravity group at CENTRA-IST (Lisbon) and a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow in the same group since 2012. In 2013, I was also a Visiting Researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge (MA, USA), hosted by Prof. Avi Loeb.
In January 2014, I started a 5-year FCT Research Scientist position at IST. From January 2015, I was a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow in Valeria Ferrari's group at Sapienza University of Rome, on leave from IST.
From Nov 2015 till Oct 2018, I was tenure-track Assistant Professor (RTDb in Italy) of theoretical physics at Sapienza.
Since September 2017, I am the PI of the 5-year DarkGRA project funded by the European Research Council [ERC-2017-StG].
In Nov 2018, I became Associate Professor of of theoretical physics at Sapienza.