I was born in Napoli, Italy, and became a US Citizen in 2010. I am married with three children.
In 1990, I became Doctor in Physics (110/110 cum laude) at the University “Federico II” of Napoli, Italy, with a dissertation on “Effects of intrinsic fluctuations in current biased Josephson Tunnel Junctions”, advised by Prof. Arturo Tagliacozzo and Dr. Roberto Cristiano.
I was a contract researcher with the Italian National Research Council from 1991 to 1996 developing superconducting X-ray and alpha-particle Nb-based STJ detectors and studying i)tunnel and multiparticle tunnel effect in STJs; ii)effective dissipation and tunnel time in Macroscopic Quantum Tunneling in JTJs.
In 1996, I was a contract researcher with the Italian National Institute for Condensed Matter Physics investigating permanent damaging effects on arrays and single STJs by intense beam of protons and 235Au heavy ions.
In 1997-1998, I was a contract researcher with the Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy, developing superconducting optical and X-ray Nb-based STJ detectors for spectroscopy.
I was a post-doctoral associate with Dan Prober at Yale University from 1999 to 2002 developing superconducting STJ-based X-ray and UV/Optical imaging spectrometers.
I was a staff researcher with the Institute of Cybernetics “E. Caianiello” of the Italian National Research Council in Pozzuoli, Naples, Italy, from 2001 to 2012 developing superconducting X-ray imaging spectrometers based on STJs.
In 2006, I got my PhD in Physics (with mention) at the University Paris-Sud XI, Orsay, France, with a dissertation on “Design and fabrication of superconducting circuits for amplification and processing of quantum signals”, advised by Marc Gabay and Michel Devoret.
Since 2003, I have been collaborating with Michel Devoret, Dan Prober and Rob Schoelkopf in the Applied Physics Department here at Yale University on superconducting circuits for quantum computation; superconducting microwave, sub-millimiter and UV/Optical detectors and superconducting microwave amplifiers.