In addition to being a research scientist, I am also a mother. My daughter, Natascha, loves ballet and painting. She claims that she's going to grow up to be a "panda doctor." This may prove to be an even tougher job market than academia. My son, Damiano, is an avid martial arts aficionado and a soccer enthusiast. He is currently playing as a midfielder for Match Fit Soccer Academy.
My hobbies include photography, videography, salsa dancing, and reading. I am also amassing a collection of rare astronomy textbooks and space-themed artwork.