Davide Gerosa

University of Birmingham


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  • 2019 – now: Lecturer, University of Birmingham, UK.
  • 2016 – 2019: Einstein Fellow, Caltech, USA.
  • 2013 – 2016: PhD, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • 2010 – 2013: MSc, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.
  • 2007 – 2010: BSc, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.

Personal Information

  • Address: School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK.
  • Date of birth: May, 1988.
  • Citizenship: Italian, EU.

Research Experience

  • 2019 – now: University of Birmingham, UK.
    • Lecturer in Birmingham Institute for Gravitational Wave Astronomy.
    • Responsibilities: Research in gravitational-wave astronomy, teaching graduate and undergraduate classes, mentoring students. UK Lecturer rank is roughly equivalent to Assistant Professor in the US.
  • 2016 – 2019: California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA.
    • Postdoctoral scholar in the Caltech TAPIR (Theoretical AstroPhysics Including Relativity) group.
    • Support:  Part of the NASA prize fellowship program, Einstein Fellowships are prestigious awards in theoretical astrophysics consisting of personal research grant at selected US institution. NASA press release available here
  • 2013 -2016: University of Cambridge, UK
    • Ph.D. candidate, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP).
    • Advisor: Ulrich Sperhake.
    • Thesis: Source modelling at the dawn of gravitational-wave astronomy.  Thesis resulted in 14 publications. Available at: doi.org/10.17863/CAM.6523
    • Support: Isaac Newton Studentship and STFC Ph.D. Studentship. The Isaac Newton Studentship is the most prestigious prize PhD scholarship in astronomy of the University of Cambridge.
  • Extended research visits
    • 2015, Institut Astrophysique de Paris, France.
      • Host: Enrico Barausse.
      • Funded by the Rouse Ball Travelling Studentship in Mathematics of Trinity College.
    • 2012, California Institute of Technology, CA USA.
      • LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF).
      • Advisor: Emanuele Berti.
      • Project title: Spin Alignment Effects in Black Hole Binaries.
      • Special coverage received by the Caltech outreach journal CURJ
    • 2012, University of Mississippi, MS USA.
      • Host: Emanuele Berti.


  • 2010-2013: Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.
    • Master’s degree in Astrophysics (Laurea Magistrale), Dipartimento di Fisica.
    • Grades:
      • Final degree grade: 110/110 with distinction (“cum laude”).
      • Average class grade: 30/30 with 7/12 distinctions (“cum laude”).
      • Full transcripts
    •   Final research thesis:
      • Advisors: Emanuele Berti, Giuseppe Lodato.
      • Title: Black hole spin alignment in astrophysical environments. Thesis resulted in 2 publications.
  • 2007-2010: Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Physics (Laurea Triennale), Dipartimento di Fisica.
    • Grades:
      • Final degree grade: 110/110 with distinction (“cum laude”).
      • Average class grade: 29.84/30 with 18/26 distinctions (“cum laude”).
      • Full transcripts.
    • Final research thesis
      • Advisor: Dietmar Klemm.
      • Title: Physical applications of Finsler geometry (Applicazioni fisiche della geometria di Finsler).
  •  2002-2007: Liceo Scientifico Statale Paolo Frisi, Monza, Italy
    • Scientific High School Degree (Liceo Scientifico Piano Nazionale Informatica), Liceo Frisi Monza MB.
    • Grades:
      • Final degree grade: 100/100.

Grants, scholarships and awards

  • 2018 NSF Grant PHY-1759835, “Numerical Relativity beyond General Relativity”. US National Science Foundation. Co-PI, 10kUSD.
  • 2018. Giulio Rampa PhD Thesis Prize, Italian Society for Relativity and Gravitational Physics (SIGRAV).
    • The announcement reads: “Dr. Gerosa’s Ph.D. Thesis on “Source modelling at the dawn of gravitational-wave astronomy” shows an impressive ability to master a rather broad range of topics in relativistic astrophysics and gravitational wave physics. The research initiated by Dr. Gerosa in these areas has triggered follow-up work, providing new important insights and new physical scenarios. The large impact that the work of Dr. Gerosa has already had can only continue to grow.
  • 2017. Stefano Braccini PhD Thesis Prize, Gravitational Wave International Committee.
    • The announcement reads: “Dr. Gerosa received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and was nominated by his adviser, Prof. Ulrich Sperhake. Dr. Gerosa’s thesis includes a wide variety of topics relevant to gravitational waves, as well as other topics in astrophysics: astrophysical explorations of accretion disks, analytically challenging work in mathematical relativity and post-Newtonian theory, and numerical relativity coding of supernova core-collapse in relativity and modified gravity.
  • 2016. NASA Einstein Fellowship, Caltech, Pasadena CA, USA
  • 2013. Isaac Newton Studentship, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2013. STFC Ph.D. Studentship, Science & Technology Facilities Council, UK
  • 2016. Royal Astronomical Society travel grant, UK RAS.
  • 2014. Rouse Ball Travelling Studentship in Mathematics, Trinity College, Cambridge UK
  • 2015. Smith-Rayleigh-Knight Essay Prize, Faculty of Mathematics, Cambridge UK
  • 2015, 2016. Darwin College travel grant, Darwin College (twice), Cambridge UK
  • 2014, 2015. Cambridge Philosophical Society travel grant (twice), Cambridge UK
  • 2007, 2008. Undergraduate Studentship, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.
  • 2009. Award assigned by the cultural association “Famiglia Legnanese” to best Italian College students, Legnano MI, Italy.
  • 2007. Award assigned by the website matematicamente.it to the best italian high-school research project, presenting my work  “Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?” about dark matter.

Teaching and Mentoring

  • Ph.D. student mentoring:
    • M. Mould (University of Birmingham), 2019 – now.
  • Undergrad student mentoring:
    • Riccardo Barbieri, University of Cambridge, 2016.
      • Summer project.
      • Exchange program between Università degli Studi di Pavia and St. John College Cambridge.
    • Katie Chamberlain, Caltech, 2016
    • Riccardo Barbieri, Caltech, 2018.
      • Master’s thesis.
    • Luca Reali, University of Milan, 2018.
      • Bachelor’s thesis;  main supervisor.
    • Alicia Lima, Caltech, 2019.
    • Luca Reali, University of Birmingham, 2019.
      • Summer project.
      • Funded by the HPC-Europa3 networking program.
    • Daria Gangardt, University of Birmingham, 2019.
      • Summer project; main supervisor.
  • Taught classes:
    • 2020, Astronomy laboratory, University of Birmingham, UK.
    • 2019, Black holes and gravitational waves, University of Birmingham, UK.
  • Teaching assistant:
    • 2013, 2014, 2015. Part II General Relativity (third-year undergrad class), University of Cambridge, UK
    • 2015, 2016. Part III General Relativity (master class), University of Cambridge, UK
  • Teaching qualifications:
    • UK Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PCGHE); ongoing.

Outreach and Service


  • Programming languages: Python (advanced), Mathematica, C, Fortran, Bash.
  • Other scientific tools: LIGO lalsuite, LaTex, GIT, SVN, Gnuplot, SuperMongo.
  • Languages: Italian (native), English (fluent).