I graduated at Rome University “Sapienza" in 2011 in particle physics. I got the Ph.D in "Roma Tre” University in 2015. I worked as a Fellow at CERN within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN “ENTERVISION” on the development and benchmarking of Carbon ion breakup models in the energy range relevant for hadrontherapy. I am currently working on the development of a probe to help surgeons to perform a complete tumour resection using beta minus radio tracers.
I am an experimental physicist working on elementary particles and applied physics. I have many years’ experience in detectors for charged particle identification and tracking, Monte Carlo simulations and data analysis.
From 2002 to 2012, I was member of the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN in Geneva (Switzerland). The ATLAS experiment resulted in the observation of the decays of the Higgs boson. I was involved in this experiment since the detector construction and tests, the installation and commissioning at the CERN laboratory and, then, during the data taking and analysis. I studied in details and tested the trigger detectors and the tracking chambers of the ATLAS muon spectrometer for the muon momentum measurement. I was responsible of the ATLAS level-1 muon trigger logic simulation and of the development of the diagnostic tool that provides fast global detector monitoring and detailed description of single muon channel performance (>300 thousand channels). Based on the know-how in the muon detectors and trigger, I contributed to Higgs discovery studying the decay in 4 leptons (H->ZZ*->4l) with first Monte Carlo simulation and then data analysis. My contributions to the ATLAS experiment started with the degree thesis (Sapienza Università di Roma 2002-2003) and the Physics PhD study (Università di Roma Tor Vergata 2003-2007), and continued during two Post-Doc research fellows (Sapienza Università di Roma and INFN 2007-2012).
Between 2012 and 2014, I worked at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) as Post-Doc researcher. I am involved in the feasibility study of the radioguided surgery (RGS) technique exploiting β- decays, which is a novel technique for complete tumor resection. I have designed and developed the first intraoperative β- probe prototype, both with Monte Carlo simulation and tests in laboratory, the phantoms and the test procedures specific for the β- based RGS technique validation. Since 2014, I am a temporary researcher in the Dept of physics on the Unviersity "La Sapienza"
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I joined the ARPG group in March 2016 and during my Master thesis in particle physics I worked on the characterization of a prototype for the MONDO project, whose main goal is to develop a tracking detector targeting fast and ultra-fast secondary neutrons. The information obtained from my work will be used to design the final device.
Now I'm a Ph.D student in Rome University "Sapienza" and I continue my research work in the MONDO collaboration.