Curriculum Vitae


  • 2016-present    Full Professor, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 2015                   Visiting Professorship at Seconda Università di Napoli, Caserta, Italy
  • 2013-2016         Reader, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 2008-2013         Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 2008                   Offer for W2 Professorship for Nuclear Astrophysics, TUM, Germany 
  • 2001-2008         Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, UK

Awards & Recognition

  • 2022                   Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, UK
  • 2021                   Giuseppe Occhialini Medal and Prize, IoP and SIF
  • 2020-2021         EMMI Visiting Professor, GSI and Goether Universität Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2014-2015         Simon van Heyningen Award for Teaching in Science and Engineering (runner up), UoE
  • 2008                   Offer W2 Professorship, Technical University Munich, Germany
  • 2001-2003         Marie Curie Individual Post-Doctoral Fellowship (declined)
  • 1999-2001         Alexander von Humboldt Post-Doctoral Fellowship, RUB, Germany
  • 1994-1995         Post-graduate Fellowship, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, German

University Education

  • 1993-1994        Undergraduate Fellowship, Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, INFN, Catania
  • 1990-1991        ERASMUS Studentship, University of Oxford, UK
  • 1986-1992        Undergraduate studies, University of Catania, Italy


  • 1999                 PhD in Physics (Summa cum Laude), University of Catania, Italy
  • 1993                 Laurea in Physics (Summa cum Laude), University of Catania, Italy

Professional Certificates

  • 2002                Professional Certificate in University Teaching accredited by the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (now Higher Education Academy)

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