After earning my master’s from Scuola Normale Superiore, I was a Ph.D. student at Pisa University. I worked on catching intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs) as a summer intern at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) with Prof. Stiavelli and Prof. van der Marel, and obtained my Ph.D. in 2010. Later I was a postdoc at the COSMIC-LAB group led by Prof. Ferraro, where I co-authored a Nature paper on blue-straggler stars. Fascinated by Asia, I moved to Seoul to work at
Yonsei University. I spent five years there developing my own research project in computational astronomy, teaching, mentoring students and collaborating with the Italian embassy’s technical-scientific committee before moving back to Padua in 2017, where I became a Marie Curie Fellow hosted by Prof. Mapelli with a project focused on applying machine learning to astronomy.