Hi! I am an astrophysicist studying exotic populations of stars in globular clusters,
such as black-hole X-ray binaries and blue stragglers. My main expertise is computational astrophysics, but I also enjoy getting my hands "dirty"
with some observational work such as the analysis of optical spectra and optical images. What I like the most is to combine numerical modeling with analytical back-of-the-envelope calculations. I also enjoy dealing with large datasets using the tecniques typical of data science; as an example, I am right now writing a code that would allow to measure the rotational velocity of Kepler stars in an automatized way.
I completed my PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, with Gijs Nelemans and Peter Jonker as my advisors. The main goal was to understand how stellar-mass black holes are formed, modeling the evolution of X-ray binaries hosting a black hole and a Sun-like star.
Since March 2016, I am a post-doctoral fellow at the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion)
in the group of Hagai Perets.