Prof. Andrea LAPI

Andrea Lapi obtained his Ph.D. in 2004 at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. Since 2015 he is associate professor at SISSA in Trieste and in the years 2018-2022 he has been head of the Astrophysics and Cosmology Group. His expertise is in theoretical and phenomenological models of galaxy formation and evolution. 

 key interests

  • galaxy formation and evolution
  • cosmic reionization
  • gravitational waves
  • modified gravity models
  • data science in astrophysics

Dr.ssa Marcella MASSARDI 

Marcella Massardi obtained her Ph.D. in 2008 at SISSA in Trieste. Since 2011 she is manager of the Italian node of the European ALMA Regional Center (ARC) and researcher at INAF-IRA in Bologna. Her expertise is in radio/(sub)mm observations and data handling/mining.  

key interests

  • extragalactic radio sources
  • high-z galaxies and galaxy formation
  • galaxy clusters and SZ effect
  • user support deployment for ALMA and SKAO
  • archive mining

Dr.ssa Francesca PERROTTA

Francesca Perrotta is researcher at SISSA, in Trieste, since 2008. She worked for many years as a Cosmologist, involved in the scientific context of Cosmic Microwave Background and the Planck satellite. Her current projects focuses on  Astrochemistry and Astrobiology, analysis and detection of spectral lines of molecules in galaxies, with particular emphasis on  complex organic molecules and chiral properties, and on the molecules formation mechanisms. 

key interests: 

  • astrochemistry
  • astrobiology
  • interstellar medium


Carlo Baccigalupi obtained his Ph.D. in 1999 at the University of Ferrara, and since 2016 is full professor at SISSA, in Trieste, coordinator of the Astrophysics and Cosmology Group (2016-2018 and 2022-present). He has been Planck Scientist within the Planck Collaboration, and now involved in the major efforts for observing LSS, CMB and GWs, such as the Euclid satellite, the Simons Observatory, the Large Scale Polarization Experiment, the CMB-S4, the LiteBIRD Satellite. 

key interests: 

  • early Universe
  • cosmological structure formation
  • cosmological and astrophysical backgrounds of gravitational and electromagnetic radiation
  • cross-correlation of CMB and LSS
  • data science in cosmology

Dr. Lumen BOCO

Lumen Boco got his Ph.D. degree at SISSA in Trieste, where he is now a post-doctoral researcher. His research work is on gravitational waves, with a particular focus on the galactic environments hosting their sources. For these reasons he is also interested in models of galaxy formation and evolution.
key interests:

  • gravitational waves from compact object binaries
  • gravitational waves from dynamical mergers
  • galaxy formation and evolution
  • chemical evolution models and empirical metallicity relations
  • formation of SMBH heavy seeds

Dr. Quirino D' AMATO

Quirino D'Amato obtained his Ph.D. in 2022 at the Alma Mater University in Bologna. Currently he hold a Post-doctoral position at SISSA in Trieste, working on multi-wavelength characterization of galaxy/AGN populations. His expertise is radio/(sub-)mm observations and data handling, aiming at studying the ISM content of individual galaxies and the global properties of large samples of radio sources. 
key interests:

  • role of AGN feedback in galaxy evolution
  • AGN obscuration
  • high-z galaxy ISM content
  • ICM in distant proto-clusters
  • radio surveys

Dr. Vincenzo GALLUZZI

Vincenzo Galluzzi obtained his Ph.D in 2018 at the University of Bologna. He is researcher at INAF-Istituto di Radioastronomia (IRA) in Bologna since 2021, and member of the Italian Centre for Astronomical Archives (IA2). His expertise is in radio/(sub)mm observations and cosmology, and data centre development for radio telescope facilities (Italian telescopes and SKA).

key interests:

  • extragalactic radio sources
  • radio polarimetry
  • cosmology
  • archive mining

Dr. Tommaso RONCONI

Tommaso Ronconi obtained his Ph.D. in 2020 at SISSA in Trieste. His expertises lie at the interface between Astrophysics, Cosmology and High Performance Computing. 

key interests:

  • galaxy formation and evolution
  • broad-band emission from distant galaxies
  • cosmic voids and large scale structure
  • empirical modelling of the galaxy-halo connection 
  • software development and machine learning methods


Meriem Behiri is currently a Ph.D. student at SISSA in Trieste under the supervision of Andrea Lapi, Marcella Massardi and Margherita Talia. She mainly focuses on multi-wavelength studies of high-redshift galaxies and their role in galaxy formation and evolution. In 2020 Meriem attended a master course in Space Politics at SIOI, (Rome) ,followed by a publication and a traineeship in space surveillance at INAF (Bologna). Meriem is currently involved in outreach activities with SISSA MediaLab.
key interests:

  • high-z galaxies and galaxy formation 
  • dust obscured galaxies 
  • extragalactic radio sources 
  • observational cosmology 
  • outreach & space politics 


'Francesco Gabrielli graduated cum laude at the University of Milano-Bicocca, with a thesis about the electromagnetic signatures of binary neutron star mergers detected in gravitational waves. He is currently pursuing his PhD at SISSA, starting from a study on pair-instability supernovae to explore the black hole mass function and formation channels of merging binary black holes detectable in gravitational waves, the observation of multi-messenger sources, galaxy formation and evolution.

key interests:

  • binary formation and evolution in galactic environments
  • pair-instability supernovae and the black hole mass function
  • multi-messenger astronomy
  • galaxy formation and evolution 


Giovanni Gandolfi graduated in 2019 at the University of Bologna. He is currently a PhD student at SISSA in Trieste working under the supervision of Prof. Andrea Lapi and Prof. Stefano Liberati. The aim of his research is to contribute in shedding light on the properties of Dark Matter by inferring astroparticle constraints from primordial galaxy formation and developing/testing possible extensions or alternatives to the Cold Dark Matter paradigm.
key interests:

  • dark matter (theory and observations)
  • high-z galaxies (with a special focus on JWST data analysis)
  • beyond-GR gravity models
  • galaxy formation and evolution
  • theoretical cosmology and dark energy


Marika Giulietti graduated in 2019 at the University of Bologna. Since 2019 she is a Ph.D. student at SISSA in Trieste, her project focuses on high redshift galaxies subject to strong gravitational lensing selected from wide area sub-millimeter/millimeter surveys and their role on co-evolutionary models of galaxy evolution.
key interests:

  • high-z galaxies and galaxy formation
  • strong gravitational lensing
  • multi-band observations
  • dusty star-forming galaxies


Martina Torsello graduated in 2022 at the University of Trieste. She is currently Ph.D. student at SISSA in Trieste. She deals with computational astrophysics, with specific focus on galaxy evolution and astrochemistry at high redshift.

key interests:

  • galaxy SED Fitting 
  • astrochemistry
  • high-z galaxy evolution 

Maria Vittoria ZANCHETTIN 

Maria Vittoria got her bachelor degree in 2018 at University of Torino, then she moved to Trieste where she obtained her master degree in 2020 at University of Trieste. Since october 2020 she is a PhD student at SISSA in Trieste where she works in collaboration with the INAF obsevatory of Trieste (OATs). Her research work is focused on the study of the multiphase gas in local active galaxies, in order to quantify the impact of the Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN) on the galaxy host. Her expertise is in radio/submm and optical observations.

key interests:

  • AGN driven winds 
  • Local Seyfert galaxies
  • AGN galaxy co-evolution
  • Multi-band spectroscopy