I am an astrophysicist and professor at the Physics Department of the University of Calabria (Arcavacata di Rende, Italy), and guest visitor at the European Southern Observatory (Garching, Germany).

My research focuses on the investigation of the young universe: cosmic chemical evolution, distant galaxies, intergalactic and interstellar medium, and galaxies hosting the most energetic events in the universe: the gamma-ray bursts.

In the past, I worked for a few years at the European Southern Observatory, Space Telescope Science Institute, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) and Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Garching, Germany)