Research Positions

  • Present 2013

    Associate Research Scientist

    Johns Hopkins University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

  • 2013 2010

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Laboratory for Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics

  • 2009 2006

    Doctoral Researcher

    German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute for Physics of the Atmosphere

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2009

    Ph.D. in Meteorology

    Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

  • M.S.2004

    Laurea in Physics

    University of Genoa, Italy

    (equivalent to B.S.+M.S.)


  • 2015-2016
    What should NASA do in case of a major volcanic eruption?
    Funded by the NASA Earth Science Division. Science PIs: V. Aquila and K. Tsigaridis. Co-Investigators: P. Colarco, A. LeGrande, S. Bauer, B. Cairns, P. Newman.
  • 2014-2017
    NASA Aura Science Team
    Decadal variations of aerosols in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere: Trends, source attributions, and the role of deep convection. Proposal funded under NASA ROSES-2013 Amospheric Composition: Aura Science Team call for proposals. Principal Investigator: M. Chin (NASA GSFC), Co-Investigators: V. Aquila, H. Bian, P. Colarco, T. Diehl, T. Kucsera.
  • 2010 - 2013
    Effect of aerosol/chemistry couling on climate and air quality
    Fellowship within the NASA postdoctoral program (3 years postdoctoral funding).


  • 2015
    NASA Group Achievement Award
    Awarded as member of the Studies of Emissions and Atmospheric composition, Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys (SEAC4RS) Team.
  • 2013
    NASA Contractor Award
    NASA Earth Science Division Atmospere Contractor Award for outstanding performance in science.

Teaching & Outreach

  • Teaching
    Formal teaching
    Teacher for Freshmen Seminar: Introduction to Climate Change at Johns Hopkins University. I planned and taught the course for about 40 freshman students during the Fall semester 2014.
  • Single classes

    Lecture on climate change at George Mason University for engineering students (2014).

    Lecture on Stabilization wedges (Pacala and Socolow, Science, 305, 2014) at Johns Hopkins University for undergraduate students (2014).

  • Teaching assistant

    Teaching assistant for the Advanced Quantum Mechanics course for master students in Physics, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany (2005).

    Teaching assistant for the Physics laboratory for undergraduate students, University of Genoa, Italy (2000).

  • Outreach

    Invited speaker at the Rockville Science Cafe, organized by the Rockville Science Center (2015)

    Lecture on the use of climate data in public health for two classes of high school students, within the Howard Hughes Medical Institute sponsored Jump Start program (2014).

    Lecture at the Mount View Middle School (Marriottsville, MD) on volcanoes and climate (2013).

  • Museum

    Guided tour of the NASA Visitor Center for 6 t o12 year old children, organized by Italians@NASA (2015).

    Volunteer science interpreter at the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, guiding visitors through exhibitions, leading and designing hands-on activities (2012-2014).

    Science interpreter for the science fair “Festival della Scienza” organized by the Italian National Research Council, in Genoa, Italy (2003).