Born in Firenze (Italy), April 12, 1958. In 1986 he was appointed Doctor Philosophiae in Astrophysics at SISSA di Trieste. Today he is Associate Professor in Physics of Galaxies at SISSA and Coordinator of the INFN NA12-TS initiative. His fields of research concern Cosmology, ExtraGalactic Astrophysics and Physics of Gravitation. In the field of Dark Matter he is one of the leading scientist in the world and his talk “Dark Matter in Galaxies”, given in the context of the “Dark Matter Awareness Week” in 2010, was broadcasted to 143 institutions around the world.