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 getting my PhD, 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.
I am currently an Associate Professor at the Astronomy Department at the Instituto de Astronomia, Geofisica e Ciencias Atmosfericas (IAG), University of Sao Paulo (USP). USP is widely considered the best university in Brasil.
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, because of my parents), 2. Corinthians (São Paulo). As you can see, I do not care much about soccer otherwise I would not have a second choice of team.
I am gaúcho, so while speaking portuguese I can throw a number of “bah!”, “tchê!” and “tri” expressions that are called “gauchês” in Brasil. These are expressions that only gaúchos understand. And as a gaúcho, 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?)