ICC Physical Cosmology group

Cosmology has now a standard model -the so called LCDM model- which, with only a handful of parameters, can describe the evolution Universe over the past 13.7 Gyrs. The LCDM model has many deep connections with fundamental physics issues (particle physics, high-energy physics, gravitation etc.). While the numerical values of the model’s parameters are determined with unprecedented precision, we still have limited insights on the physical meaning of some of these parameters values. This model leaves many unanswered questions such as: what is dark energy? what is the origin of primordial perturbations? are there indications for deviations for the model which may indicate our lack of understanding of the Universe?

Our main research interest is making the connection between cosmological observations and the physics behind the standard cosmological model, hoping to shed some light on the “open questions” in cosmology. Our collective expertise ranges from galaxy evolution to inflation model building.


Licia Verde

Raul Jimenez


Hector Gil-Marin

Davide Bianchi

Davide Gualdi

Alexander Mead

phd students

Samuel Brieden

Katie Short

David Valcin

Ali Rida

master students

Sergi Novell

Past students and postdocs: where are they now?

Carolyn Sealfon (->faculty at West Chester University, PA, USA, then at Princeton , NJ, USA)

Chris D’Andrea (at UPenn, PA, USA)

Viviana Acquaviva (Faculty at CUNY, NY, USA)

Carlos Hernandez-Monteagudo (->Postdoc at MPA, Germany; now permanent staff IAC)

Anastasios Avgoustidis (->Postdoc at DAMTP, Cambridge UK; then faculty Nottingham)

Carmelita Carbone (-> Postdoc and INAF Fellow at Milan, IT)

Beth Reid (-> Hubble Fellow, Berkeley, USA)

Anna Mangilli (-> postdoc at IAP, Paris)

Hector Gil (-> postdoc Portsmuth, UK-> ICC)

Ben Hoyle (-> postdoc at Excellence cluster, Munich DE)

Christian Wagner (-> postdoc at MPA, Munich, DE)

Roland de Putter (-> postdoc at JPL/Caltech USA)

Jorge Noreña (-> Postdoc at Geneva University, CH; Now Faculty Chile)

Emilio Bellini (-> Beecroft Fellow Oxford)

Fergus Simpson (-> alpha-I startup)

Ricardo Ferreira (-> Postdoc Copenhagen)

Bin Hu (-> faculty China)

Daniele Bertacca (--> Padova long term fellowship)

Alvise Raccanelli (-> CERN fellow-> Padova Faculty)

Ilia Musco (->Postdoc Rome)

Jose Luis Bernal (-> Postdoc JHU)

Nicola Bellomo (--> Postdoc Austin TX)

Ben Kalus (--> Postdoc at KAIST)

Past master students and Erasmus +

Andrea Ravenni ---> PhD Padova, postdoc Manchester

Francesca Fragkoudi ---> PhD Marseille, Postdoc MPA

Giulio Scelfo--> PhD Trieste

Alba Kalaja --> PhD Groningen

Lorenzo Piga--> PhD Parma