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 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.

And more

What kind of things besides science have I been enjoying lately? Acoustic guitar, ukulele and (learning) harmonica.

My soccer teams: 1. Grêmio (southern brazilian soccer team), 2. Corinthians (São Paulo).

I have been enjoying lately running and swimming when I have time. I used to practice capoeira and surfing, and used to play soccer with some frequency (a genuine “perna-de-pau”).

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.

Rodrigo playing acoustic guitar
Credit: Daniel Gralewski.

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