Galaxies, apart from being fascinating objects in themselves, are also tracers of the underlying structure of the Universe. At early epochs, their formation and evolution is dominated by rapid gas accretion, mergers and interactions. Later on, however, mergers and interactions become less frequent, and it is mostly slow, internal, or so-called ‘secular' processes, which drive galaxy evolution. My research focuses on the study of secular evolution and on understanding the dynamical processes that rearrange stars and gas in galaxies, such as the Milky Way, while also determining their dark matter content.
I mostly use theoretical tools such as orbital structure theory and N-body/hydrodynamic simulations, to build models for interpreting observations of nearby galaxies and the Milky Way. You can read more about the various topics I work on in the research buttons below. I am also a member of the TIMER survey (Time Inference with MUSE in Extragalactic Rings, PI: D. Gadotti) which is a research program aimed at establishing when in cosmic history galactic discs settle and become dynamically mature.