A short bio
I lived for many years in the city of Porto Alegre (“Happy Harbor”), also located in Rio Grande do Sul, where I received my Ph.D. from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in 2009, under the supervision of Prof. Thaisa Storchi Bergmann. I also spent some time visiting Penn State University (Pennsylvania, US), Durham University (UK) and the University of Wyoming (Wyoming, US).
After becoming a doctor, I spent some time as a visiting researcher in UFRGS. Then I moved to USA in Aug. 2010 where I was a postdoctoral researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for more than three years. At NASA, I collaborated with researchers involved in the Fermi and Swift space observatories in the Astroparticle Physics and X-ray Astrophysics Labs.
My latest exciting endeavor is joining the faculty of the Astronomy Department at the Instituto de Astronomia, Geofisica e Ciencias Atmosfericas (IAG), University of Sao Paulo (USP), as an Assistant Professor. USP is widely considered the best university in Brasil and among the top 3 in Latin America.
I am married to the amazing Celina Ramirez.
I enjoy running and swimming. I used to play acoustic guitar and ukulele, but these days I do not seem to find the time to play much. Many years ago, I used to practice capoeira and surfing, and used to play soccer with some frequency (a genuine “perna-de-pau”). As a good Brazilian, my soccer teams are 1. Grêmio (southern brazilian soccer team), 2. Corinthians (São Paulo). However, I never cared too much about soccer.
I am gaúcho, so while speaking portuguese I throw lots of “bah!”, “tchê!” and “tri” (“gauchês”), expressions that only gaúchos understand… And I love churrascos (the realization of super-Eddington feeding at human scales).
I love to read – I usually try to read a fiction and a non-fiction book at the same time. Here are the books I am currently reading.
Need more pictures of me? (really?)