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  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, then Reseach Associate 10/2015 – present
    Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow 09/2012 – 09/2015
    School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh, UK. (2012-2013 in absentia)
  • International Astronomical Union – The Gruber Foundation Fellow  08/2012 – 08/2013
    Department of Astronomy, Indiana University Bloomington, IN, USA
  • Fulbright Visiting Graduate Student Researcher 10/2010 – 06/2011
    Department of Physics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Doctoral Research Student 01/2009 – 06/2012
    Doctoral School in Physics, Università degli Studi di Milano, IT


Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

  • Ph.D. in Astrophysics 07/2012
    Thesis: “Dynamics of globular clusters”. Advisors: Prof. G. Bertin, Prof. E. Vesperini, Prof. S. L. W. McMillan
  • Laurea Magistrale (M.Sc. equiv.) in Physics , 110/110 cum laude 04/2008
    Thesis: “Tidal effects on an isothermal truncated stellar system”. Advisors: Prof. G. Bertin, Prof. R. Pozzoli
  • Laurea Triennale (B.Sc. equiv.) in Physics , 110/110 cum laude 10/2005
    Thesis: “The dark matter problem in the solar neighborhood”. Advisors: Prof. G. Bertin, Dr. M. Lombardi

Honors and Awards

  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship (Reintegration Panel)02/2015
  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship in Science 201206/2012
  • International Astronomical Union – The Gruber Foundation Fellowship 201204/2012
  • Finalist (top 10) – L’Oréal Italia-Unesco for Women in Science Fellowship 201203/2012
  • European Space Agency Research Fellowship in Space Science 2012 (declined)02/2012
  • “Angelo Della Riccia” Foundation Fellowship 2012  11/2011
  • International Travel Award 2011, Drexel University02/2011
  • Fulbright Fellowship 2010, category: “Graduate study – Visiting Student Researcher”04/2010
  • Three-year Ministerial Ph.D. Fellowship, Università degli Studi di Milano11/2008

International visiting positions

  • Invited IAS visitor 2017
    Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, USA
  • Invited MPIA visitor 2015
    Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, DE; Host: Dr. G. van de Ven
  • Invited long-term participant 2014
    CITA, Toronto, CA; Kavli Summer Program in Astrophysics: “Gravitational Dynamics”
  • Invited IoA Visitor 2012
    Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK; Hosts: Dr. M. Gieles, Dr. F. van Leeuwen
  • Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Member 2009
    KITP, Santa Barbara, CA, USA; Program: “Formation and Evolution of Globular Clusters”

Awarded research funding

  • Total research funding obtained as Principal Investigator (including accepted awards): $489,647
  • Co-Investigator of a Research Project Grant (Leverhulme Trust,UK) and two major Italian National Research Programs (PRIN 2008, PRIN 2010)

Teaching experience

Co-supervision of Postdoctoral research programmes (2), PhD thesis (1), MSc theses (2), graduate research projects (4+5), BSc theses (2), and Senior Honors or Summer projects (2) at the Università degli Studi di Milano, IT, Indiana University, USA, and University of Edinburgh, UK, since 2009.

Seminars and conference presentations

  • Presenting author of 60+ colloquia, seminars, and conference contributions, since 2009.
  • Recent and forthcoming invited colloquia and talks: Princeton, IAS (USA), Queen Mary, London (UK), Cambridge, DAMTP (UK), Durham (UK), Ringberg (DE), Arcetri (IT), Glasgow (UK).