Short bio of the lecturers

Abdallah Lyoussi

Prof. Dr. Abdallah Lyoussi is physicist researcher in experimental physics and International Expert in Nuclear Instrumentation and measurement at French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission CEA in Cadarache, France, since 1994. He is also Professor at French Institute of Nuclear Sciences and Technologies and Aix Marseille University. He received his MSc in nuclear physics from Fes University (Morocco) in 1988 and MSc in Nuclear Engineering from French institute of nuclear sciences and technologies (INSTN) in 1990. In 1994, he received his PhD in nuclear physics on non-destructive assay by using photofission interrogation technique and, in 2002; he received advanced graduation in Research and Development supervising activities on experimental physics (HDR). He was awarded French Nuclear Energy Society price for his works on photofission interrogation as nondestructive measurement by using a LINAC machine.
He is the founder and the General Chairman of the international conference ANIMMA (Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurement Methods and their Applications) that celebrated its 10th anniversary this summer in Portorož. Since 2010, as the main founder he is the CEA scientific coordinator of the LIMMEX join Lab between CEA, CNRS and Aix-Marseille University involved in instrumentation and measurements in extreme media. Since 2014, he is IEEE Distinguish Lecturer.
Abdallah Lyoussi has worked on several nondestructive measurement methods such as photofission interrogation, neutron interrogation by using different kinds of detectors, electronics, data acquisition systems and advanced particle production machines like LINAC; neutron generators, X tubes. He developed, patented and published various works related to innovative and advanced nuclear measurement methodologies. Abdallah Lyoussi is now mainly involved in R&D on nuclear instrumentation and measurement in severe media (nuclear reactors, nuclear fuel cycle, dismantling and decommissioning, radioactive wastes assays, severe accident monitoring…).

Patrick Le Dû

Dr. Patrick Le Du is Senior (retired) experimental physicist at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) from 1969 to 2008. He received his PhD in 1973. He was involved as a CEA-Saclay group leader in many High Energy Physics particle accelerator experiments at CERN (PS, SPS-NA3, LEP-OPAL, LHC-ATLAS), SSC(SDC) and FNAL-Tevatron (DO). He is an expert in instrumentation for large experimental systems, including wire chambers (MWPC), photodetectors and timing detectors (TOF), and read out electronics (Trigger and Data Acquisition). Since 2002, he has been a Scientific advisor of CEA and IN2P3 for technology transfer between fundamental physics instrumentation and biomedical imaging (2008). He has chaired many multidisciplinary conferences and workshops, including the IEEE NPSS Real Time 1997 Beaune Conference, and was General Chair of the first non-North American IEEE NSS-MIC in 2000 in Lyon. NSS-MIC Co-Chair in Strasbourg and Manchester (2019). He was elected member of the Administrative Committee (AdCom) of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Physics Sciences Society (NPSS) as Transnational Committee Chair (2012) and is Vice-Chair of the Radiation Instrumentation Technical Committee (RITC) (2014). Today, member of the EDUCOM functional committee for education and instrumentation schools.

Christelle Reynard-Carette

Prof. Dr. Eng. Christelle Reynard-Carette (1974) graduated in Thermal Sciences at Aix Marseille University in 1998 and obtained her PhD on heat/mass transfer in microgravity (boiling, thermocapillary convection, parabolic flights) at the same university in 2001. She is professor at Aix Marseille University (laboratory IM2NP UMR7334, DETECT department, team Microsensors-Instrumentation). She is deputy director for research of ISFIN institute (Institute of Fusion Sciences and Instrumentation in Nuclear Environments). She conducts research on the design, development, miniaturization and characterization of sensors for the on-line measurement of key quantities within nuclear reactors (absorbed dose rate/nuclear heating rate, calorimetry, irradiation campaigns). She led/leads several joint research programs with the CEA (IRESNE, Jules Horowitz Reactor) within the framework of the AMU-CEA-CNRS joint laboratory LIMMEX (Instrumentation and Measurement in EXtreme Environments) created in 2010 and for which she is responsible for AMU and CNRS. She collaborates with various partners and international nuclear centers. As an example, she is in charge of two A*Midex projects involving the MIT’s Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (CALOR-I project for research area, MOBIL-APP project for education area). She is also involved in the ANIMMA conference and the Franco-Moroccan school EFMMIN since their creation (member of the scientific and steering committees, organization chair workshops). She is also responsible of two master’s tracks in instrumentation, measurement and metrology (in particular a new international track dedicated to Instrumentation and Measurement Science for Major Nuclear Research Facilities which started in 2022).

Andrea Chierici

Dr. Andrea Chierici is a research fellow at the Department of Industrial and Civil Engineering of the University of Pisa, and he is currently involved in task 7.3 of WP7 of the EU Project PREDIS (The pre-disposal management of radioactive waste). He achieved his Bc.S. in 2013 and Ms.S. in 2016 in Biomedical Engineering, and in 2019 he defended his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering (with honors). Meanwhile, Dr. Chierici conducted research scholar periods as a postgraduate associate at the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging of Yale University, where he mainly investigated the development of innovative neutron detection technologies. After defending his Ph.D., Dr. Chierici was employed as a research fellow for two years at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where he oversaw the EU Project RESIST (REsilience Support for critical Infrastructures through Standardized Training on CBRN), and at the same time was involved as technical expert and developer of the NATO funded Project DEUSS (Detection using Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with Sampling System).
His research interest is mainly related to the use and design of innovative nuclear measurements and instrumentations, embedded programming, IoT and opto-electronics to be used in environmental monitoring, personal and medical dosimetry, nuclear safety and security applications. He is also part of the technical staff of the Laboratory of Nuclear Measurements of the University of Pisa.

Erica Fanchini

Dr. Erica Fanchini got her PhD in Physics at the Milano Bicocca University in 2011 with a thesis on the LHCb experiment at CERN. She has more than 13 years’ experience in characterization, engineering of radiological measurement systems and more than 5 years of experience on R&D and founded projects. She is working at CAEN s.p.a as senior infield application scientist and she is deputy of the H2020 MICADO Project. She worked in different research center worldwide for the INFN (Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics), Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble and at the Milano-Bicocca University.

Riccardo Ciolini

Prof. Riccardo Ciolini obtained a master degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering (Safety of Nuclear Power Plants) in 2002 at the University of Pisa. Since April 2018 he is Associate Professor at the University of Pisa in the field of “Nuclear Measurements and Instrumentation” and he is responsible of the courses “Physical fundamentals of nuclear engineering” and “Radiation Protection” for the Master degree course in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Pisa. Since 2019 he is the President of the Curriculum in “Nuclear Engineering and Industrial Safety” of the Ph. D. Course in Industrial Engineering at the University of Pisa.
His research activity, performed at the Nuclear Measurements Laboratory of the University of Pisa, is related to neutron dosimetry and spectrometry, development of new detector and dosimeters, environmental radioactive measurements, radiation protection and radiation shielding, also by means of Monte Carlo simulations of neutron and gamma transport, and decommissioning of nuclear power plants. He is Radiation Protection Expert of Level 3 in the Italian Ministry of Labour list and he is associated at the INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics of Italy), section of Pisa.

Andrea Malizia

Andrea Malizia is an Assistant Professor in Nuclear Measures and Instrumentations 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. Prof. Malizia defended his Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics and Plasma Physics in 2010; he later achieved the postgraduate title in Protection against CBRNe events and, in 2017, he achieved his second Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
His field of research is related to nuclear measures and instrumentations and to the software to simulate radiological/nuclear dispersion/diffusion. He is also involved, as a data analyst and data mining expert, in several National and International projects on safety and security. He serves as Assistant Professor in Nuclear Measurements and Instrumentations at the Faculty of Engineering and at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is also a lecturer at the Specialization Schools of Hygiene, and Medical Physics of the University of Rome Tor Vergata He is the Coordinator of the International Master Courses in Protection against CBRNe events (, cooperating with the most important national and international entities involved in the security and safety. He is the author of more than 175 scientific papers in international and national Scientific journals and Conference Proceedings; he is the author of 2 National Patents and of 3 books. He is the guest editor of several special issues on CBRNe security and safety. He received two Research Awards for his research activities: “Premio Città e Sicurezza” (2007) and “Premio Sapio” (2011). He has realized the CBRN GATE portal and its e-Learning Platform.

Jose Maria Gómez-Ros

Dr José-María Gómez-Ros is Research Professor and Head of the Ionizing Radiation Dosimetry Unit in CIEMAT, Spain. With some thirty-five years of experience in radiation dosimetry and radiation physics (mainly on thermoluminescence, Monte Carlo simulation and neutron dosimetry), he published around 150 papers in scientific journals and submitted 120 contributions to international conferences. He is member of EURADOS Working Group 6 on computational dosimetry, of RSEF (Royal Spanish Physics Society) and SEPR (Spanish Society for Radiological Protection). Currently, he is also secretary of ISSDO (International Solid State Dosimetry Organization).

Giacomo Mangiagalli

Mr. Giacomo Mangiagalli got his master degree in particle physics at the University of Milano Bicocca in 2016 with an experimental thesis on the electronic neutrino mass experiment. He joined CAEN in 2017 as a junior scientist. In 2018 he started the R&D campaign to design a new product for a Special Nuclear Material portable identifier called SNIPER-GN with a novel algorithm capable to identify the SNM by means of only neutron detection. He followed the development of the prototype and the measurement campaign in recognized international labs in IAEA, Ispra JRC and ENEA sites to validate the instrument. In 2019 he became the product manager of the SNIPER-GN delivering the first prototype and starting the production phase and the marketing campaign. He is currently working at CAEN as a field application scientist and Sales Specialist for the security products branch.

Francesco d’Errico

Francesco d’Errico is a tenured Full Professor of Nuclear and Biomedical Engineering, as well as of Medical Physics, at the University of Pisa (Italy). Francesco d’Errico started his academic career in 1996 with a professorship in Radiation Physics at Yale University (USA), where he is still a Fellow at Timothy Dwight College. He has joint/adjunct appointments at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, and at the Federal University of Sergipe (Brazil), where he was “Pesquisador Visitante Especial” (Special Visiting Scientist) within the program “Ciências sem Fronteiras”. Francesco d’Errico has performed and led research projects on advanced methods for nuclear safety and security, environmental monitoring, radioecology, biodosimetry, radiation detection/dosimetry/spectrometry supported in the US by NASA, NIH, NSF, NIH, DHS and DOE, and in Italy by Commission of the European Communities, Italian Ministry of University Research (MUR), Italian Nuclear Physics Institute (INFN).

Susana Lalic

Prof. Lalic graduated with a Bachelor of Physics (1997) and Ph.D. in Physics (2002) both from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Università di Pisa, Italy (2011). She is currently a Full Professor at the Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil, Part of the Faculty Board of the Research Doctorate in Industrial Engineering – curriculum of Nuclear Engineering and Industrial Safety – of the Pisa University, and a Member of the Director Board of the Master Course in Protection Against CBRNe Events at Tor Vergata University, Rome, General Secretary of Brazilian Physics Society, and a member of the International Solid-State Dosimetry Organization (ISSDO). She has experience in Condensed Matter Physics and Medical Physics with her main interests in material characterization for luminescent dosimetry and biodosimetry.

Paola Garosi

Dr. Paola Garosi got her PhD in Particle Physics with a thesis at the CDF II experiment at Fermilab. After a postdoc fellowship at the University of Manchester, she is currently working as Application Scientist in CAEN S.p.A. since 2012. She is currently responsible for the D&D and Nuclear Waste Management product branch and she is involved with laboratory and performance tests of gamma spectrometry measurement systems as well as technical support.

Cristina Mattone

Dr. Cristina Mattone (PhD in Innovative Technologies for Imaging Material Sensors) is currently working at CAEN as Educational Product Manager. Her experience was crucial for the birth and development of the company’s educational branch.
She obtained a Master Degree in particle Physics at the University of Federico II in Naples, with an experimental thesis on muon tomography called MURAY/MUVARES. She got her PhD at the same University working in the environmental radioactivity field for the development of a new Radon detector.
She was a research fellow at INFN and at the University of Insubria in Como, improving her knowledge of silicon detectors already acquired during her degree and doctoral thesis. She also contributed to the writing of Nuclear and Particle Physics lecture notes for the Marconi University in Rome.

Debora Siqueira Nascimento

Dr. Debora Siqueira Nascimento is a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, where she is currently involved in gamma spectrometry analysis. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Physics in 2016 and her Master of Science degree in Physics in 2018 from the Federal University of Sergipe (Brazil). She defended her Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering in 2023 at the University of Pisa. During her master’s program, her research focused on bubble detectors for measuring scattered radiation from linear accelerators. Her Ph.D. research centered on the production of new materials for use in solid-state dosimeters. After completing her Ph.D., she secured a postdoctoral position at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, where she is currently working in the field of gamma spectrometry in partnership with the University of Pisa. She is also a member of the technical staff at the Laboratory of Nuclear Measurements at the University of Pisa.

Giampaolo Roina

Gianpaolo Roina is a first-year student in the Ph.D. Course in Industrial Engineering – curriculum in Nuclear Engineering – of the University of Pisa (Italy). He obtained his Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering in 2022 and his current research concerns the application of luminescent materials in Nuclear Safeguards by exploiting, in particular, their differential fading. The objective is the development of a passive, tamper-indicating device to timestamp a potential undeclared removal of radioactive materials from a storage area. This will provide an additional means to assure the continuing physical integrity of a safeguarded area or item during the period between two successive inspections.

Vladmir Vicha

Dr. Vladimir Vicha is a scientist from the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics IEAP CTU in Prague, Department of applied physics and technology and an experienced high school teacher of physics and mathematics. He is actively participating in the area of pixel detectors and their use in teaching physics, and is author of the book “Experiments Using Pixel Detectors in Teaching Nuclear and Particle Physics”.

Michael Holik

Dr. Michael Holik is an engineer at the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics IEAP CTU in Prague. He works at the Department of electronics and software as a senior designer of the data acquisition and signal processing electronics with focus on read-out interfaces for pixel detectors.