Graduated in Physics in 1977 at the University of Rome, he started the
scientific activity during the work for the Thesis at the Frascati
Laboratories of INFN on the first development of streamer tube gaseous
detectors, under the supervision of Prof. E. Iarocci.
After some experience in the physics of e+e- collisions, in the last
period of activity of the Adone storage ring, he entered in
INFN as researcher, participating to NUSEX experiment on proton decay
and to the development of the technique of digital calorimetry in view
of the experimentation at LEP. Later he started the experimentation at
Gran Sasso Laboratories working in cosmic ray and neutrino physics,
participating to the MACRO experiment, where he took care first of the
tracking system of the apparatus, and then of data analysis and simulation.
Since 1990 he is at INFN-Milano, where he joined the group for the detector
R&D for LHC, participating to the development of Liquid Argon e.m.
calorimeter for ATLAS, contributing to the development and construction of readout electronics.
He later continued the research in non-accelerator high energy physics
joining the ICARUS collaboration.
In 2001 he contributed to the birth of the international collaboration for
the development and diffusion of the FLUKA Monte Carlo code, to which he
contributes both at scientific and management level.
He has been working with FLUKA for different developments concerning cosmic
ray physics, neutrino physics, hadronic interactions and their application
to space research and to medicine. In particular he is presently working in
simulation of hadron therapy, where he contributed for the development of
new treatment planning systems and to the investigation of techniques for
the on-line monitoring of therapy. In this field collaborates with CERN and
researchers from CNAO and Heidelberg center for hadron therapy.
After a three year experience as national coordinator of an INFN
strategic project for the development of medicine related projects,
he started a project in INFN to coordinate different groups involved in
research and development of charged particle therapy, in collaboration also
with the hadron therapy centers in Pavia (CNAO) and Trento.
He also coordinated the INFN participation to the Envision project in FP7, about the
imaging in hadron therapy with ions.
He served as Director of INFN Milano from 2006 to 2012.