My research covers the areas of Quantum Optics, Quantum Information
Processing and open Many-Body Quantum Physics. I am interested in
proposing criteria for inducing and revealing mesoscopic/macroscopic
quantumness and designing experimentally viable strategies for coherent
dynamics at the quantum level.
I received my Ph.D. from Queen's University and graduated in Theoretical Physics from the University of Palermo (Italy). I am a University Reader in Quantum Information and a UK EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow (2008-20014). In 2012, I have been identified as one of the UK EPSRC Research Leaders. Awards include an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Senior Researchers and a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellowship. So far, I have attracted about 1M euros in research funding. My work on cavity optomechanics has been deemed a milestone in the development of Quantum Optics since the formulation of Maxwell equations. I was principal investigator of two bilateral UK-Italy projects funded by The British Council and co-investigator in an EPSRC research grant. I have co-organised an EPSRC-funded meeting in Northern Ireland (2006), a workshop in Seoul (South Korea, November 2011) and I am one of the organizers of the EPSRC-funded QuAMP 2012 summer school (Belfast, September 2012).