I am an astrophysicist studying supermassive black holes. These objects, besides being amongst the brightest persistent sources of radiation in the Cosmos, hold the keys to understanding the evolution of galaxies and the present state of the Universe.

I currently work as postdoctoral fellow at the Universidad Catolica de Chile, in Santiago. My research is focussed on the structure and evolution of the material around supermassive black holes, combining X-ray spectroscopy with multi-wavelentgth observations. I am part of the scientific collaborations of the hard X-ray NASA mission NuSTAR.
I moved to Santiago in February 2015, after spending two years at Kyoto University, in Japan, as a JSPS fellow. At Kyoto University I was involved in the preparation for the JAXA-led X-ray satellite ASTRO-H (to be launched in February 2016).

I obtained my PhD in December 2011, the title of my PhD dissertation was Active Galactic Nuclei at hard X-rays: Absorption, Reflection and the Unified Model. My PhD work was carried out at the Data Centre for Astrophysics (ISDC), part of the Department of Astronomy of the University of Geneva, in Switzerland. At the ISDC I also worked on the development of the filter wheel for the X-ray spectrometer on board ASTRO-H.

I studied physics and astrophysics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", graduating in October 2007 (110/110 cum laude). Most of the work of my diploma thesis was done at ISDC, under the supervision of Prof. T. Courvoisier and of Prof. E. Massaro (in Rome).

My mail address: cricci@astro.puc.cl