QEP Coordinator


Pasqualino Gaudio achieved the Master Degree in Physics and the Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics and Plasma Physics (2007). He is a researcher at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata. Dr. Gaudio is an expert in laser and its applications; he worked for several years in the field of the environmental remote sensing techniques Lidar/Dial. In this context, he worked with important private companies, such as Finmeccanica SpA and Vitrociset SpA. He coordinates several research projects granted by the National and International funding programs (both public and military programs) about laser system development for Toxic Industrial Chemical, Toxic Industrial Material, Chemical Weapon Agents and Biological Weapons Agents identification an protection. He collaborates with the “Associazione EUROFUSION - ENEA per la Fusione” to study the dust mobilization inside thermonuclear fusion reactors. In the same framework, his research activities on Nuclear Fusion involves analysis and interpretation of the polarimeter signal at JET fusion reactor in Culham (UK). Currently Dr. Gaudio is the coordinator of the both International Master Courses in Protection Against CBRNe events (I and II levels). He is author of more than 100 scientific works published on International Journals, Conferences Proceedings and of three Italian Patents.




Phone: +39 0672597209

QEP Dean


Carlo Bellecci is a Full Professor (Rtd.) of Experimental Physics at University of Rome Tor Vergata; he is teacher of Physics for Nuclear Energy at the School of Engineering. Currently, he is deputy President of CRATI S.c.r.l., Consortium for Research and Development of New Technologies, and President of the Scientific Committee of the International Master Courses in Protection against CBRNe Events at University of Rome Tor Vergata. Moreover, Prof. Bellecci is the Project Manager and the Research Leader on renewable energy, remote sensing of atmospheric pollutants and Lidar/Dial technologies in IR spectral range in several projects founded by International and National grants. He has a strong experience in experimental works on optical methods for plasma diagnostics in the framework of nuclear fusion and on exploitation of solar energy. Prof. Bellecci is  referee for several Scientific Journals and has authored more than 250 Scientific Works.


Phone: +39 0672597201


QEP Senior Researchers


 Michela Gelfusa has a significant track record in both energetic (nuclear fusion) and the environmental sciences. With regard to nuclear fusion she has been collaborating continuously with the Joint European Torus (JET), the largest Tokamak in the world, since the year 2008. In the framework of this collaboration she has contributed significantly to both experimental measurements and data analysis.  Her responsibilities in this field have implied numerous visits to JET, based on various contracts with European Commission (Jul-Dec 2013, Sept-Dec 2012, 16 Apr - 29 Jun 2012, 9 Jan - 04 Apr 2012, 5 Dec - 16 Dec 2011, 7 Oct - 25 Nov 2011, 11 Jul - 29 Jul 2011, 01 Jun - 30 Oct 2009, 02 Feb - 03 Apr 2009, 23 Nov - 24 Dec 2008). Michela Gelfusa has also been responsible of a specific contract to upgrade one of the most complicated JET diagnostics (EP2-RTM Diagnostic Enhancement Project (JW 10-OPE-ENEA-90)). An essential ingredient in the collaboration with JET has been the application of symbolic regression via genetic programming to various physical problems of general interest for the Tokamak community. In particular, very interesting results have been obtained in the study of the scaling laws for the energy confinement time and the power access to the H-mode. During her visits to JET, Michela Gelfusa has also supervised various students of various academic levels (master, PhD) and of various nationalities (Italian, French, and Spanish). She has also been a member of the PhD board  of a Spanish student at UNED University in Madrid. With regard to environmental sciences, she has been developing instrumentations for the remote sensing of the atmosphere since her bachelor degree. These activities have been consolidated during her phd work with interesting results particularly in the field of laser based detection of forest fires and pollutants. The systems and the techniques have found both military and civil applications. One of the developed system (called SAI) has been successfully presented in a public demonstration which took place on July 8, 2008 in Canneto within the National Park of Lazio, Abruzzo and Molise. The system and the results are fully described in her doctoral thesis. The results of this reasearch have been divulgated to the scientific community in 7 oral communications in international conferences. Also in this field, Michela Gelfusa started to develop new data analisys techiques for both the automatic interoretation of the experimental signals and the phisical interpretation of large databases. These activities have required the supervision of vaious students at both the master and PhD levels.


Phone: +39 0672597211



Andrea Malizia is a Researcher in Experimental and Applied Physics at the Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, University of Rome Tor Vergata. He achieved his Bc.S. in 2003 and the Ms.S. in 2005 (cum laude) in Environmental Engineering both at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Dr. Malizia defended his Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics and Plasma Physics in 2010 (Rank 4/4); he later achieved in 2010 the postgraduate title in Protection against CBRNe events (cum laude) at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He has completed his second Ph.D in Industrial Engineering in 2017 with an evaluation of excellent cum laude.

His research interests center on improving the understanding, design, and performance experimental set-up to analyze the mobilization of toxic dust in case of accident in the energy plants. Currently, he studies the mechanism of mobilization in case of accident like Loss Of Vacuum Accident (LOVA), Loss Of Coolant Accident (LOCA) by the mean of experimental and numerical characterization. In addition, Dr. Malizia has contributed to the development of LIDAR/DIAL systems for environmental control and military application. He cooperates with international entities (public, military, academics and private) involved in CBRNe (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and explosive) safety and security. 

He works on the development of methods and tecnhiques to improve mechanical and eletrical measurements for applications on energy, environment, safety and security.

He serves as Assistant Professor, since A.Y, 2013/2014, in the bachelor degree courses of Applied and Medical Physics at the Faculty of MEdicine and Surgery, University of Rome Tor Vergata.  He has scientific collaborations with: JET (Joint European Torus) Research Centre in UK; IRSN (France); University of Bristol (UK); University of Madrid (Spain); Joint Research Centre, European Commission (Ispra, Varese). He has been also visiting researcher in some of these centres. He is the Didactical Coordinator of the International Master Courses in Protection against CBRNe events since 2008, cooperating with the most important national and international entities involved in the CBRNe events.  He also serves as Tutor Assistant in the courses of Physics, Laser systems, Nuclear Fusion Energy and Measurements. Dr. Andrea Malizia is author of more than 95 scientific works on international and national Scientific Journal and Conference Proceedings; of 1 National Patent; of 1 book and he serves as lectures in the Postgraduate courses of: Chirurgia Plastica (Prof. Cervelli, University of Rome Tor Vergata) for the laser systems security in lab.; for the course of Fusion Energy - Engineering and Science (Prof. Romanelli, University of Rome Tor Vergata) . He received two National Awards for his research activities: “Premio Città e Sicurezza” (2007) and “Premio Sapio” (2011). 

Phone: +39 0672597202


QEP Research Fellowship


Dr. Peluso won the Italian Embassy fellowship for an internship at the European Laboratory for Nuclear Fusion EFDA-JET, Culham Science Centre, in 2011; visiting scientist at JET (Joint European Torus, Culham Science Centre) in different periods during the experimental campaigns C31-C33-C34-C36-C36b-C37 and during the JET Analysis and Modelling Campaign in 2017, has scored more than one year of work abroad in multidisciplinary, international and scientific environments. At the moment he is also an active collaborator in ITER related specific tasks.

His work deals with the application of advanced statistical tools on magnetically controlled nuclear fusion data, e.g Symbolic Regression via Genetic Programming and machine learning tools; data mining of huge databases is a consequent field of study. Avoidance and mitigation of disruptions, confinement time in TOKAMAKS, L-H transition studies and Bolometry reconstructions are his actual main topics of research that are carried on in collaboration with Italian and European researchers, including the CIEMAT  (Spain) and the NILPRP (Romania).


Phone: +39 0672597196



Born in 1984, I hold a Master Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and achieved the Master of Philosophy in “Protection against CBRN events” from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. 

Currently, I am serving as research fellow at the University of Rome Tor Vergata where my research activities are focused on:

the EU founded project “CBRN Integrated Response Italy” where I am one of the contributors. The project, conducted in collaboration with Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa and Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco, is aimed at building and testing an integrated CBRN response capability of first responders and law enforcement agencies in Italy.

       -  the “BIO-F” project. A multidisciplinary project for the development of a device for the detection of atmospheric releases of biological warfare agents, exploiting the induced fluorescence features of biological agents.

Other information concerning my activities on CBRNe:

- In 2013 I attended the “Introduction to the International CBRN Training Curriculum Course” held by the Joint CBRN Defence COE, while in 2014 I participated, as lecturer, at the “Bio Warfare Defence Awareness Course” held by the NATO School of Oberammergau.

- I’m lecturer, and part of the Didactic Management Unit, of the international master courses in “Protection against CBRNe events”. 

Phone: +39 0672597198



He got a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" in 2006, then he worked for several private companies and engineering firms operating in design and management of complex plants. In 2013, he collaborated with Eni (ex. National Hydrocarbons entity) and CRATI ("Consortium for Research and Technological Applications and Innovative") as part of a project on the use of algal biomass for the production of bio-fuels of second generation. In 2013, he attended the 2nd Level International Master Course in "Protection against CBRNE events".

In January 2014, he won the scholarship for the “Industrial Engineering” Ph.D. at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" that has been completed in 2017 with an eveluation of excellent cum laude, since it he started to collaborate to the development of projects dealing with CBRNe safety and security.

 In particular, he participates to the study of the technical gap analysis and assessment, aimed at process improvement exercise sessions of persons called to act in the context of Crisis Management system. He also follows the development of industrial research projects directed to the integration of detection systems, risk analysis and geo-referencing in innovative devices designed to facilitate the work of first responders on the field.

In January 2015, he becomes Tutor of Physics at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Continues its consulting activities for public and private institutions about CBRN risk.

He is Responsible for the communication with attendees International Master Course in "Protection against CBRNE events". 

Phone: +39 0672597198




Jean-François Ciparisse (born on 09/05/1977), has a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Master Degree in Astronautical Engineering, a Post-Graduate course that releases 60 ECDS in Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics and a Ph.D. in Environment and  Energy Engineering. After having worked for several years as a process engineer in an EPC company which designs power plants, he is now a Ph.D. student in Industrial Engineering in the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is specialized in combustion, fluid dynamics and heat transfer.

Phone: +39 0672597202



Dr. Orlando Cenciarelli is a biologist. His fields of interest are microbiology and bio- safety and security. He has a Bachelor Degree in Biology, a Master Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology, a Master of Philosophy in Protection from CBRNe events and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering. He is a Research Fellow at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy). He was Academic Guest at the ETH, Zurich (Switzerland). He is a member of the Directive Board of the International Master Courses in Protection against CBRNe and a lecturer at the NATO School – Oberammergau, Germany, during the NATO Biological Warfare Defense Awareness Course. Author of more than 40 publications of international and national relevance.


Phone: +39 0672597198



Education and training

2012-2016:   PHD student in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in microtechnologies and devices for biomedical and nuclear applications

2009-2012: Master’s degree in Energy Engineering (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

2002-2009: Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering (University of Roma Tor Vergata)

1997-2002: Italian secondary school diploma (Liceo classico A.Mancinelli , Velletri RM)


Job-related skills

Knowledge of the main instrumental techniques for syntheis and characterization of 1D 2D nanostructures in particular Layered Double hydroxide and Nano wires of ZnO. 

Phone: +39 0672597146



QEP PhD Students


Luigi Antonio Poggi (29/03/1989, Rome) holds a MD in Energy and Nuclear Engineering, and is completing his PhD in Industrial Engineering (both from the University of Rome Tor Vergata). He authored more than 20 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and presented more than 20 contributions to international conferences. He was awarded the Overseas Scholarship 2014 based on merit and have spent six months as a Graduate Research Assistant at the West Virginia University (USA) working on biofuels and bioenergy both from a numerical and experimental point of view. His work was published in Biomass & Bioenergy journal by Elsevier.


Actually, he is specializing on energy and industrial plant safety focusing his research on environmental and health issues analyzing hazardous material mobilization and developing laser applications for the stand-off detection and identification of harmful and polluting substances. In February 2016, he represented the University of Rome Tor Vergata at the 2016 European Fusion Education Network (FuseNet) General Assembly in France.


He is founder and Executive Director of the Health Safety Environmental Research Association Rome - HESAR (, organizing the 1st Scientific International Conference on CBRNE ( In December 2016, he presented the HESAR association at the 21st Conference of State Parties of the OPCW at The World Forum, The Hague, The Netherlands.


Also, he is an invited peer-reviewer for three Elsevier’s journals (Fusion Engineering and Design, Journal of Hazardous Materials, International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection), he is member of the Editorial Board of the Springer-Verlag special issue "CBRNe, Cyber Challenges and Counter Efforts", and of the Aracne "CBRNe Book Series".


He is a member of the Association “SWIM – Science Writers in Italy” from February 2017 and member of the Ordine degli Ingegneri della provincia di Roma (board of the professional registered engineers) from February 2016. He fluently speaks Italian, English and Portuguese. He is a volleyball player, piano and synthesizer player, amateur skier and hiker, and UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) monthly giver.


Phone: +39 0672597196



Michele Lungaroni was born in Orvieto (TR) on April, 27th 1987. He is a PhD student in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where he graduated in October of 2014 in Energy and Nuclear Engineering. Since November 2014, he carries out research activities in the working group QEP, Quantum Electronics and Plasma, where he works on data analysis of the Tokamak machines for Nuclear Fusion and on data acquired by LIDAR/DIAR experiments. The major activities is focuses on Nuclear Funsion Machine, for the identification of mathematical models for the interpretation of experimental data relating to: Energy confinement time in Tokamak machines, identification of ELMs events, causes of disruption plasma and the different phases of transition plasma from the mode L to mode H. He is co-author over 15 papers published on international journals and conference proceedings; he attended two summer school in Belgium and in Italy and he had attended 5 international conferences, winning the best poster prize at one of them. He has also been collaborating since two years with CCFE (in Oxford, UK) where the JET machine is located and where he is performing research activities and also working as Viewing System Operator (VSO).

Phone: +39 0672597196



Riccardo Rossi (19/05/1992) got a Bachelor’s degree (October 2014) and a Master’s degree (October 2016) in Energy and Nuclear Engineering. He worked with optical velocity measurements (e.g. PIV) and developed a software to study dust re-suspension and mobilization. He is a new PhD student in Industrial Engineering of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, where he will be continue the study on dust mobilization in industrial plants. 

Phone: +39 0672597196



Jessica Gabriele was born in Frosinone (FR) on the 3th of February 1988.

She took Master's Degree in Protection against CBRNe events at University of Rome Tor Vergata on November 25th, 2016. 

She graduated in October of 2014 in Environmental Engineering with a thesis about “Modelling of indoor particle concentrations”. 

She passed the Senior State Exam in Environmental Engineering in March 2015. 

She worked at Industrial Engineering Department, University of Rome Tor Vergata in Lidar/Dial Applications research area.   

She is a PhD student in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she develops, in collaboration with T.L.ITALIA (a company specializing in the production of technical and military clothing), the study of a protective CBRN protective garment for firefighters.

 She is co-author of papers published on  Defence S&T Technical Bullettin: “Application of Optical Techniques to Detect Chemical and Biological Agents”.


QEP Administration and Contracts


Master Degree in International Relations at the University of Naples l'Orientale in 2008 and later attended the Master's Degree in International and Local Development, at the business school STOA', where she acquired the expertise on the management of co-financed projects international and national. After that she collaborated with the Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Florence "Promofirenze" dealing with international cooperation projects between Italian companies and the Mediterranean countries. In November of 2010 she started working with a company specializing in business internationalization.

From 2013 she is responsible of the Secretariat International Master Courses in Protection against CBRNe events.

Phone: +39 0672597201




Born in 1986, Valentina Gabbarini is a biologist with skills in cell and molecular biology and biochemistry.

She obtained a Master Degree in Human and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, defending a thesis in Clinical Molecular Biology and Clinical Biochemistry about the modulation of the cisplatin cytotoxic activity by the Glutathione Transferase P1-1 in human neuroblastoma cell line. This work was part of an international collaboration, involving among others, the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute of the University of Melbourne (Australia). Then, she obtained the 2nd Level Master Course in Protection against CBRNe events at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

She attended the NATO Biological Warfare Defence Awareness Course at the NATO School in Oberammergau (Germany).

 To date, she is a member of the Didactic Management Unit of the International Master Courses in Protection against CBRNe events, and is involved in administration and in relations with candidates and lecturers. She is co-author of several publications on CBRNe issues, including biowarfare agents. 


Phone: +39 0672597201






Riccardo Quaranta holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He attended successfully the first edition of the 2nd Level International Master Course in "Protection against CBRNE events" in 2010. At the same time, he cooperated with the Quantum Electronics and Plasma Physics Research Group of the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. During this period, he took part in research activities in the field of numerical simulations applied to the safety of experimental nuclear fusion facilities and CBRNe safety. He co-authored several scientific papers published on Italian and international journals and presented the work of the group at international conferences, on behalf of the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

He has extensive international experience as he studied for a semester in Finland and lived and worked in Australia and Thailand, where he was full time Physics and Mathematics teacher for the students of an English Program High School near Bangkok.

After his 4-year experience in Thailand, Riccardo has recently moved back to Italy and joined again the QEP Research Group as tutor and supporting secretary of the International Master Course in "Protection against CBRNE events" and he is member of the SICC 2017 LOC.


Phone: +39 0672597201