Serena Giardino

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

Serena Giardino

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Serena Giardino is a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and Heidelberg University. She obtained a BSc in Astronomy and a MSc in Theoretical Physics from the University of Bologna in Italy, and wrote her Masters’ thesis at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Her research interests are at the interface between gravity and cosmology: she studies the universe, the elusive nature of the force of gravity and how we can improve the standard model of cosmic evolution, based on Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, using instead modified gravity theories. Serena is engaged in the effort to provide equal opportunities at her institute and greatly enjoys bringing science to the public in several languages. In her free time, you will most likely find her reading books or attending operas.

I want to explore generalizations of Einstein’s theory of gravity in order to solve the puzzles of the current standard model of cosmology. I want this because this model, despite its successes, can only account for 5% of the matter and energy in the universe without postulating some unknown components, dark matter and dark energy. I can do this because I am learning from inspiring scientists and I am giving my contribution to a different perspective on modified gravity theories.

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