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August 2018 - Present

Principal Investigator, Winton Advanced Research Fellow Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge

 

October 2014 – July 2018

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate, NanoPhotonics Centre, University of Cambridge. Principal Investigator: Prof J.J. Baumberg.

January 2011 – March 2014

PhD in Physics, Imperial College London.

Principal subjects: Quantum plasmonics, Quantum optics, Quantum communication.  Supervisors: Prof S. Maier, Dr Y. Sonnefraud.

Award winning PhD thesis

Two award winning conference presentations

2008 – 2010

Master Degree summa cum laude in Physics (70/70 cum laude), Scuola Superiore di Catania

Prestigious, stipendiary scholarship awarded on the basis of a competitive admission exam.

Principal subject: Gain in plasmonic waveguides and quantum optics. Supervisors: Prof S. Maier, Dr Y. Sonnefraud.

2008 – 2010

Master Degree summa cum laude in Physics (110/110 cum laude)

University of Catania

Principal subject: Plasmon-enhanced photoconductivity in thin film Si solar cells. Supervisors: Prof F. Priolo, Prof L. Dal Negro.

March 2010 - August 2010

Visiting Scholar: Plasmon enhanced solar cells. Boston University, USA

2005 – 2008

Bachelor Degree summa cum laude in Physics (70/70 cum laude)

Scuola Superiore di Catania

Principal subject: Oxygen Rich Silicon thin films for photovoltaics applications. Supervisors: Prof F. Priolo, Dr S. Mirabella.

2005 – 2008

Bachelor Degree summa cum laude in Physics (110/110 cum laude)

University of Catania

Principal subject: Quantum cutting in semiconductor nanostructures.

Supervisor: Prof F. Priolo.

2000 – 2005

Scientific School Certificate (final evaluation of 100/100), Liceo Scientifico "Ettore Majorana", Caltagirone (CT) (Italy)

Honours and Awards

November 2014

CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month, American Physical Society

May 2014

2014 ABTA Doctoral Researcher Award - Honourable Mention - Category: Natural & Life Sciences

June 2013

Best talk in PGR Symposium, Imperial College London

July 2012

Best poster presentation in PGR Symposium, Imperial College London

February 2005

Physics Olympic games – Placed among the best 1% in the regional final rank

February 2003

Physics Olympic games – Placed among the best 1% in the regional final rank

May 2002

Mathematics Olympic games  – “XI Etniade Matematica” – placed 6th in the final rank

 

Funding and External Appointments

 

Aug 2018

5 years Winton Advanced Research Fellowship

July 2016

College Post-Doctoral Associate Fellowship at Jesus College, University of Cambridge

January 2011

3 years “Leverhulme Trust” Scholarship for PhD at Imperial College London

March 2010

6 months “Scuola Superiore di Catania” scholarship for international studies for research at Boston University

September 2005

5 years “Scuola Superiore di Catania” scholarship  for University studies