Associate professor of Experimental Physics of Fundamental Interactions at University of Salento, his scientific activity focused since the beginning on astroparticle and neutrino physics.
He graduated in Physics at University of Lecce in 1993 and got his PhD in 1997 at University of L’Aquila working within the MACRO collaboration, one of the first generation experiments at Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS) studying high energy cosmic rays, atmospheric neutrino oscillations and searching for GUT magnetic monopoles. He then earned an INFN post-doc fellowship at LNGS within the ICARUS experiment, working on the setup for LAr purity monitoring and the detector simulation for atmospheric and long baseline neutrino studies.
In 1999 he moved to the University of Salento as assistant professor and joined the study of gamma-ray astronomy and cosmic ray physics with the ARGO-YBJ experiment in Tibet. As member of the INFN National Committee for Technological and Inter-disciplinary Research, he led the INFN Lecce group of the Magic-5 experiment developing Computer Aided Detection systems in medical image analysis.
Since 2005 he is a member of the AUGER collaboration, the largest ground based EAS detector for the study of the cosmic ray flux at the highest energies. He is currently leading the INFN Lecce group in the DAMPE experiment, studying galactic cosmic rays and searching for indirect dark matter signatures with a satellite on orbit since December 2015.
He teaches Experimental Methods for Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics, Classical Mechanics, and Astroparticle Physics for PhD students. He supervised more than twenty undergraduate/PhD students or post-docs, and he is member of the Board for PhD in Physics at University of Salento.
He is currently member of the INFN National Scientific Committee for Astroparticle Physics.