Maurizio Falanga received his university degree in theoretical physics and astronomy at the University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, in 1998 (under Professor F.-K. Thielemann). In 2002, he received his Ph.D. degree in astrophysics from the Sapienza University of Rome. For the Ph.D. entrance examination he was ranked 4/80. His Ph.D. thesis work included theoretical general relativistic ray-tracing calculations to reproduce the light curve emitted by matter orbiting in the strong-field regime around a black hole or from a neutron star surface (under Professor L. Stella). After obtaining his Ph.D. degree, he held various positions. From 2002 to 2006, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow, CEA-Saclay, Service d’Astrophysique (High Energy Division), Paris, France. Through 2006–2009, he was a Research Scientist, AIM - Unit´e Mixte de Recherche, University Paris 7 - CNRS - CEA, Paris, France. His research interests are most focused on accretion and emission in neutron stars, white dwarfs and black holes, physics of the pulsar magnetosphere, X-ray polarization, accretion wind models, radiative transfer, stars atmospheres, magnetohydrodynamics, plasmas instability, type I X-ray bursts, numerical simulation, mapping supermassive black holes. Since 2009, he is the Science Program Manager at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland. Currently, apart from the science program responsibilities at ISSI, he is still active as researcher in high energy astrophysics.
Biography Updated on 12 January 2011