I am an observational astrophysicist studying galaxies near and far, with a focus on the mechanisms regulating galaxy growth and evolution across cosmic times.

I obtained my PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge in 2015. After that, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich, before starting my Marie Curie Fellowship at the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics in late 2016. In September 2019 I joined the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics of the University of Oslo as an Associate Professor. Since 2020, I am appointed teacher of the Observational Astronomy course for Bachelor students in Physics at the University of Oslo.

My main research areas are the study of the cold and dense molecular gas - which is the raw fuel for star formation - and the investigation of how accreting super massive black holes and intense episodes of star formation affect galaxy evolution.

I am currently coordinating an international effort, funded by an EU Horizon 2020 3.5M EUR grant, to perform a comprehensive Design Study for the Atacama Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope. AtLAST is a concept for a new 50-meter sub-mm single dish telescope, with a Field of View of 2 degrees, fully powered by sustainable energy.

On the Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert in Chile, surrounded by ALMA antennas


  • Our Horizon2020 EU Design study proposal for AtLAST has been approved, the project will start in March 2021. See press articles by the University of Oslo (link ) and by the UK Research and Innovation (link), two of the five Partners of the Design Study, along with the European Southern Observatory, OHB Digital Connect GmbH, and the University of Hertfordshire.