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About Me

I’m an Associate Research Officer at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP, Trieste, Italy). I lead my own research group within the Quantitative Life Sciences section at ICTP. 

My two main research interests are stochastic thermodynamics and biophysics. I study the thermodynamic properties of processes that take place in the microscopic world, where the dynamics is strongly affected by thermal fluctuations. My work on non-equilibrium thermodynamics provides novel insights on the fluctuations of biological processes that occur at mesoscopic scales, such as RNA transcription, spontaneous otoacoustic emissions and cell-fate decisions. I have also participated in several applications in micro and nano-engineering with the construction of colloidal heat engines and information engines using optical tweezers.

I currently work in collaboration with researchers from different continents:  Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS, Dresden, Germany), the PICO-group (Aalto University, Finland); Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC, Dresden, Germany); Vodafone Chair of Mobile Communication Systems (Dresden, Germany); Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology (OIST, Okinawa, Japan); Institut Curie (Paris, France), Universite de Nice (Nice, France); Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University (Kolkata, India); Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain). Since 2008 I’m member of Grupo Interdisciplinar de Sistemas Complejos GISC.

I perform a cross-disciplinary research combining theory, simulations and experiments in the interface between physics, biology and mathematics.

Publications & CV

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International Ph. D.

Nonequilibrum statistical physics and stochastic thermodynamics

Trieste, IT

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Latest Highlights


Youtube talk in “One-day discussion meeting on Random Walks” (RKMVU, Kolkata, India)


EPL (Europhysics Letters) has named me Distinguished Referee because of my dedicated work with EPL in 2017. These distinctions recognise a select group of reviewers who have provided exceptionally useful and constructive assessment of articles submitted for publication in the EPL journal.

The complete list of 2017 EPL Distinguished Referees can be found here http://www.epletters.net/referees/distinguished-referees/


I have been awarded with the EPS-SNPD Early Career Prize 2017 given by the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division (SNPD) of the European Physical Society. The award recognizes my “outstanding contributions in the area of statistical physics and stochastic thermodynamics”.

This prize will be awarded to an early career scientist (defined as having obtained his/her PhD less than 6 years ago at the time of nomination) who has made outstanding research contributions to an area of statistical physics, nonlinear physics, complex systems, or complex networks.

More info in: http://www.eps.org/members/group.aspx?id=85204