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About Me

I am currently a Postdoctoral researcher in Mathematics at the University of Aberdeen.

Previously I was a PhD student at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Prof. Chris Parker .

My research interests include Finite Group Theory and the Theory of Fusion Systems.

My PhD thesis focused on the classification of saturated fusion systems on p-groups of sectional rank 3, when p is an odd prime.


Invited talks

  1. 10/10/2017. "Fusion systems containing pearls", Topics on Groups and their Representations, Gargnano sul Garda.
  2. 05/12/2016. "Fusion Systems over p-groups of small sectional rank", Department of Mathematics Seminar, the University of Auckland.
  3. 01/12/2016. "The Classification of Finite Simple Groups and the theory of Fusion Systems", PhD Seminar, the University of Auckland.
  4. 03/03/2016. "Fusion Systems on p-groups of small sectional rank", Algebra Seminar, the University of Aberdeen.
  5. 06/05/2015. "Introduction to Fusion Systems”, Algebra Kinderseminar, University of Cambridge.

Contributed talks

  1. 07/08/2017. "Fusion systems containing pearls", Groups St Andrews 2017, University of Birmingham.
  2. 06/06/2017. "Fusion and pearls", Young Algebraists' Conference 2017, EPFL.
  3. 23/05/2017. "Fusion and pearls", Young researchers Algebra Conference 2017, Naples.
  4. 29/06/2016. "Even 3 is an odd prime", Postgraduate Group Theory Conference 2015, Imperial College London.
  5. 03/07/2015. "Elementary abelian essential subgroups of p-groups of sectional rank 3", Postgraduate Group Theory Conference 2015, University of Bristol.
  6. 17/10/2014. "Introduction to Fusion Systems”, PGTalk, University of Birmingham.
  7. 27/06/2014. "Saturated Fusion Systems over p-groups of sectional rank at most 3", Postgraduate Group Theory Conference 2014, University of Birmingham.
  8. 08/07/2013. "Expander Families of coverings", Algant Master graduation, University of Bordeaux. (slides)
  9. 01/07/2013. "Expander Families of coverings" Master thesis defense, Leiden University.


  1. Fusion systems containing pearls. (in preparation)
  2. Fusion systems on p-groups of sectional rank 3: the case p ≥ 5. (in preparation)
  3. PhD thesis: Fusion systems on p-groups of sectional rank 3.

Other professional experiences

  1. Lecturer of the pre-sessional course in Mathematics for Mathematical Finance and Financial Engineering & MORSE (see Teaching page)
  2. Support session in Mathematics open to all students of the University of Birmingham (2015 - current)
  3. Postgraduate teaching support in different courses of the undegraduate degree in Mathematics (2013 - current)
  4. Postgraduate students recruiting talk (January 27, 2016)
  5. Organizer of the Birmingham Young Mathematician Colloquium (May 13, 2015)
  6. International officer of the Birmingham University Mathematics Postgraduate Society for the Academic year 2014-2015


  1. 150th Anniversary Postdoctoral Mobility Grant (London Mathematical Society) to visit the University of Aberdeen from April to September 2017.
  2. U21 PhD Scholarship to visit the University of Auckland in November and December 2016.
  3. MAGIC financial support for the Birmingham Young Mathematician Colloquium.
  4. EPSRC funding for PhD.
  5. Erasmus Mundus ALGANT Master scholarship.


  1. 2017. PhD in Pure Mathematics, University of Birmingham.
    Thesis title: "Fusion systems on p-groups of sectional rank 3", Supervisor: Prof. Chris Parker.
  2. 2013. Double degree in Mathematics in the Erasmus Mundus program, Algant Master; Universita' degli studi di Padova - Universiteit Leiden.
    Thesis title: "Expander families of Coverings", Supervisor: Prof. Lenny Taelman.
  3. 2011. Undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Universita' degli studi di Padova.
    Thesis title: "Classical Groups", Supervisor: Prof. Federico Menegazzo.