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Department of Physics and Astronomy
Astrophysics Section
University of Catania

Associated member of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF)


2006 - today

Adjunct Professor, University of Catania

University of Catania, Italy

1997 - today

Researcher in Astronomy and Astrophysics

University of Catania, Italy

1995 - 1996

Research Fellow

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK


Post-doctoral Research Assistant

Armagh Observatory, N. Ireland, UK

1990 - 1993

Post-graduate Research Assistant

Armagh Observatory, N. Ireland, UK



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD),
Queen's University of Belfast, N. Ireland, UK
Thesis on "The Transition Region between the Chromosphere and the Corona in Late Type Stars"


Laurea in Fisica (110 e lode),
Università degli Studi di Catania
Thesis on "Plasma Numerical Simulations and Astrophysical Applications"
(Tutors A.M. Anile and M. Rodonò)


  • Angular momentum evolution of low-mass stars and formation of planetary systems.
  • Open clusters dynamics and evolution.
  • Evolution of the Galaxy.
  • Stellar ages.
  • Lithium depletion in stellar interiors.
  • Stellar magnetic activity.
  • Modelling of stellar chromospheres.
  • Structure of the solar outer atmosphere.
  • Formation of helium lines in the Sun and solar-like stars.
  • Mass accretion in young stars.
  • Inelastic atomic scattering in tenuous plasmas.


  • Contact person for the Astrophysics curriculum for the Laurea Magistrale in Physics at the University of Catania (2016 - present)
  • Astrophysics for the Laurea Magistrale in Fisica (2010 - present)
  • Stellar Physics for the Laurea Specialistica in Fisica (2006 -2008)
  • Cosmology for the Laurea in Fisica (2004 - 2012)
  • Astronomy for the Laurea in Fisica (2001-2006)
  • Stellar Physics for the Laurea in Fisica (2000-2001)
  • "The Origins of Modern Science", SISSIS (2003-2008)
  • "Elements of Astrophysics", SISSIS (2007)
  • Assistant to the "Laboratory for Astrophysics" course for the Laurea in Fisica (1997-2000)
  • "Elemental abundances in stellar atmospheres", PhD in Physics (1999)
  • "Stellar Spectroscopy", PhD in Physics (1996, 1997)
  • Tutor, PhD in Physics
  • Tutoring undergraduate research projects
  • Lectures on "Radiative Transfer in Stellar Atmospheres" for the Master of Science, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Queen's University of Belfast (1991-1992)


  • Università di Catania, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, board member
  • Università di Catania representative in the Italian H2020 space advisory board
  • Member of the coordination group of the Italian participation in Gaia-DPAC
  • Member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU)
  • Member of the College of Docent of the PhD in Physics, University of Catania (2008 - 2016)
  • Member of the steering committee of the Atomic Data and Analysis Structure (ADAS) Consortium (1999-2008)
  • Member of the Royal Astronomical Society (1992-1995)

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