Credit: Rui Sintra

A short bio

I was born in the city of Passo Fundo (“Deep Step”), located in the “deep south” of Brazil in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. People from that state are called “gauchos” in Brazil.

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.

And more

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?)

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University of São Paulo / Associate Professor

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