I am a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Gran Sasso Science Institute since September 2014. I received my Ph.D. in Astrophysics at the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2008, with a dissertation on shock acceleration of particles in astrophysical environments. I spent 5 years as a postdoc at the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri in Florence (Italy). From there I continued my research at the APC in Paris (France) and then at the Purdue University in Indiana (USA).
My research interests lie in the field of high energy Astrophysics and focus mainly on the origin end propagation of cosmic rays, on cosmic rays interaction with molecular clouds, on thermal and non-thermal emission from supernova remnants and on pulsar wind nebulae. In particular, in the last few years, I contributed to develop the theory of Balmer emission from supernova remnant shocks, which represent a new tools to test the origin of galactic cosmic rays.