Two new post docs: Meroni and Molinaro

September 26, 2014

Aurora Meroni and Emiliano MolinaroOctober 1, Aurora Meroni and Emiliano Molinaro join CP3-Origins.

Aurora Meroni received her BSc in Physics in 2009 from the Università degli Studi di Padova with a Thesis in co-tutorship with Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (advisors S. Rigolin and M. B. Gavela). In 2013 she earned a PhD in Astroparticle Physics from SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste) with a thesis under the supervision of S. T. Petcov on The nature of massive neutrinos and Unified theories of flavour. Since then she has been in a post-Doc position shared between LNF (Laboratori Nazioni di Frascati) and Università degli Studi di Roma Tre.

Her main interest concern theoretical high-energy physics, with main focus on neutrino physics and its connections with astro particle physics. The pattern of neutrino masses and the lepton mixing parameters are very different from those of the quark sector. In the recent years new tantalising information are arrived from neutrino oscillation experiments and recently also from cosmological observations through the Planck Collaboration. Integral part of her future research program is combining all these information to find a simple and economic way to describe the “world” of particles that we have detected so far and building realistic unified models of flavour that can be testable via observations at the LHC, in astrophysical experiments or cosmological observations

Emiliano Molinaro got his PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics in 2010 at SISSA with Professor Serguey Petcov, working on several aspects of leptogenesis and its connection with CP violation in the lepton sector. After his PhD he went to CFTP, Instituto Superior Técnico, and later to Technical University of Munich as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, where he developed his research in theories of baryogenesis and dark matter.

His research interests are focused on neutrino physics, dark matter phenomenology/model building, baryogenesis, flavour and collider phenomenology.