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I am a postdoctoral Research Associate at the School of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Sheffield, UK. I am a member of the Algebraic Geometry and Mathematical Physics group, where I work under the supervision of Andrea Brini. I am a mathematical physicist, and my research lies at the boundary of String Theory and Algebraic Geometry. I’m particularly interested in studying enumerative properties (ultimately related to sheaf counting problems) of moduli spaces - actually, stacks - arising from quiver matrix models in Supersymmetric String Theories, along with their connection to physics and combinatorics. These include, but are not limited to, local models for Donaldson-Thomas, Pandharipande-Thomas and Vafa-Witten theory, some of their refinements, generalisations and orbifold counterparts. The toolset I use is a mix of rigorous mathematical techniques and less rigorous physical ones, ranging from supersymmetric to K-theoretic and motivic localisation.
In 2021/2022, together with Nikita Nikolaev, I’ve organised the Sheffield Geometry and Physics Seminar, taking place roughly once every two weeks from February to early June. Also, I’ve co-organised the workshop BPS states, mirror symmetry, and exact WKB II, which took place in Sheffield, 5-9 September 2022.
Before landing in Sheffield, I was a PhD student at SISSA, Trieste. There I got my PhD in Mathematics under the supervision of Giulio Bonelli and Alessandro Tanzini. You can have a look at a PDF version of my PhD thesis if you like. Previously, I got both my BSc and my MSc in Physics at the University of Insubria, Como, under the supervision of Ugo Moschella. Before turning to String Theory and Algebraic Geometry, I was working on axiomatic QFTs on curved spacetimes. My master thesis - Italian only, I’m afraid - dealt with a (somewhat) geometric approach to the rigorous quantisation of a scalar massive field in the Anti-de Sitter universe (in any dimension). Here is my CV.
Outside academia, I love doing many - arguably too many - things. Here is a collection of things I find exciting.