Leonardo is interested in understanding how the universe began and evolved to its present form. Cosmological observations are providing us with a huge amount of data, which allows us to test our theories about inflation, eternal inflation and its alternatives, and about the growth of structures in our universe, to an unprecedented level. Leonardo and his group are involved in both developing the theory and analysis of cosmological data and are working to bridge the gap between theories of the early universe and current and future data.
Leonardo Senatore began a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and the Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics (PPA) at SLAC, with primary appointment in Physics, in September, 2010. As an undergraduate in Italy, Senatore completed three years of a program in Aerospace Engineering at the Scuola Superiore S. Anna of Pisa, before switching to Physics and receiving his Laurea in Theoretical Physics from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in 2003. Senatore received his PhD from MIT in April 2006, and then was a postdoctoral researcher jointly at Harvard and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.