I have been involved in the research on single-photon detection for about 20 years, starting from my master thesis when I had the opportunity to join Prof. S. Cova’s group. Since the beginning I had to manage my own research and during my PhD I supervised more than 10 master students, learning the issues related to the management of a group but also the beauty of teamwork and of being able to transfer my skills to others. My contributions to single-photon world are in the area of device, fast integrated electronics and final system developing. My vision for this emerging field is that a multidisciplinary approach that addresses all the aspects of the detection from the device physics to the final data acquisition could bring to the development of real groundbreaking detection systems in crucial fields like drug analysis, single molecule and protein analysis.
|2001-2004||PhD with honors in Engineering for Information Technology under the supervision of Prof. Sergio Cova defending the experimental thesis: “Electronics and Sensors for Analysis and Separation of DNA in Micro-and Nanoscale” at Politecnico di Milano|
|2000||Master’s Degree (Final mark:100/100 cum laude) in Electronics Engineering at the|
Politecnico di Milano (Italy) discussing the thesis: “Optimization of an apparatus for DNA separation in capillary electrophoresis” resulting from a collaborative research activity between PoliMi and CNR (Italian National Research Council).
CURRENT AND PAST POSITIONS
|2015-now||Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering|
|2005-2015||Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering|
|2004||Research Associate at Politecnico di Milano, Contract “Development of microsystems for genetic diagnostics” DR 360/psc of 24/02/2004|
SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
|2001-2021||I was supervisor of more than 15 Ph.D students, technical supervisor of 4 postdoc and supervisor of more than 40 Master students at Politecnico di Milano. Some of my students are now working in some important university and research centers like University of Maryland, NIST, UCLA or in major electronics company like Maxim, STMicroelectronics or Apple.|
|2017-now||Appointed lecturer of the course “Signal Recovery ” in the Master Degree in Electronics Engineering at PoliMi|
|2005-2017||Appointed lecturer of the course “Fundamentals of Electronics ” in the second year of the Degree in Information Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. The student’s course evaluation was 9 times (out of 11) above the faculty average.|
|2011-2016||Teaching assistant in the course Signal Recovery in the Master Degree in Electronics Engineering of Politecnico di Milano|
|2008||Invited lecturer for the Master’s Degree in “Elements of design in micro- and nano- technologies for bio-artificial systems ” at Politecnico di Torino|
|2001-2009||Teaching assistant in the course “Fundamentals of Electronics ” in the second year of the Degree in Information Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.|
|2005-now||Faculty member, Politecnico di Milano.|
|2014-now||Board Member, Examination Commission for the selection of teaching assistants.|
|2007-now||Board Member, Doctorate in Engineering for Information Technology, Politecnico di Milano.|
|2005||Aggregate Member, Examination Commission for Enablement to Professional Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.|
COMMISSIONS OF TRUST
|2015-now||Technical committee member for the Advanced Photon Counting Techniques conference at the annual SPIE DCS meeting.|
|2004-now||Reviewer for various scientific journals (including Review Scientific Instruments, Transaction Electron Devices, Journal of Modern Optics, Applied Optics, Transaction on Nuclear Science, Sensors).|
MEMBERSHIPS OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES
|2017-now||Senior Member, “Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers” (IEEE)|
|2007-2016||Member, “Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers” (IEEE)|
- Dr. J. Smith, NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton (VA), USA. High dynamic range SPAD array.
- Professor S. Xie, Harvard University, Dep. Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. 2 papers published together including Science (561 citations). Development of the first compact high time resolution module for single molecule analysis.
- Professor S. Weiss and X. Michalet, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA),Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,Los Angeles, California,USA. 9 papers published together (91 citations). Development of counting SPAD arrays for Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy.
- Professor G. Buller, Heriot Watt University, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Edinburgh, UK. 9 papers published together (101 citations). Detectors and electronics for quantum key distribution and three-dimensional imaging.
- Professor M. S. Unlü, Boston University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 2 papers published together (19 citations). Development of the first Resonant Cavity Single Photon Avalanche Diode.
- Dr. J. Bienfang, National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), Quantum Optics Group, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA.1 papers published together. Implementation of my ps-timing electronics on free space quantum cryptography.
- Professor Yves Bérubé-Lauzière, University of Sherbrooke, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. Optical tomography with time resolved SPAD detectors.
- Prof. M. Chiari, Institute of Chemistry of Molecular Recognition of the National Research Council (CNR-ICRM), Milano, Italy. 5 papers published together (52 citations). Development of an apparatus for DNA separation in capillary electrophoresis based on single photon detectors during my PhD.
- Prof. D. Englund, Columbia University, Quantum Photonics Group, New York, USA. Quantum dots analysis with counting SPAD array.
Technologies I developed during the first years of my research have been successfully exploited by MPD Micro Photon Devices, a spinoff company of Politecnico di Milano. Detector modules for single photon counting and timing produced by MPD have been widely used and have gained very good acceptance in the international scientific community.
Invited presentations to peer-reviewed, internationally established conferences:
My research results have been presented at more than 80 international conferences, including 7 invited talks, and an invited talk at “Elements of design in micro- and nano- technologies for bio-artificial systems” Master at Politecnico di Torino. Here is a list of the personal invitations to internationally established conferences:
- Meeting “High Time Resolution Astrophysics”, Marostica, Italy (2018)
- COST-FAST Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal (2017)
- Workshop on “Factors influencing the timing performance of SiPM”, Calvì, France (2015)
- Electrochemical Society Meeting 2014, Orlando, FL, US (2014)
- SPIE Optics & Photonics 2011, San Diego, CA, US (2011)
- Electro Optical Society Annual Meeting 2010, Paris, France (2010)
- SPE DSS-2009, Defense and Security Symposium 2009, Orlando, FL, US (2009)
I was Session Chairman at the conference SPIE Europe 2011, Optics+ Optoelectronics, Prague, Czech Rep. (2011) and at Electrochemical Society Meeting 2014, Orlando, FL, US (2014), SPIE DCS 2019, Baltimore, USA.