SciarrinoProf. Fabio Sciarrino
Principal Investigator
Full Professor – Dipartimento di Fisica
Senior fellow – Scuola Superiore di Studi Avanzati Sapienza (SSAS)

Fabio Sciarrino is Full Professor at the Physics Department of the University of Rome La Sapienza and Senior Research Fellow at the International School for Advanced Studies Sapienza, SSAS. He is Principal Investigator of the Quantum Information Lab, Department of Physics, Sapienza University of Rome ( His main expertise is experimental quantum optics, computation and quantum information, and foundations of quantum mechanics. In recent years his research activity has focused on the implementation of quantum information protocols via integrated photonic circuits. He has received several awards, including the “Le Scienze per la Fisica” Medal together with the “Medal of the Presidency of the Republic”, the “Sapio Junior Award for Italian Research”. He is author of more than 150 publications in international journals (with more than 25 publications on Nature and Science journals) and over 150 invited presentations to national and international conferences. He teaches the Optical Laboratory (3rd year Bachelor’s Degree in Physics) and Quantum Information (2nd year Master’s Degree in Physics).

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SpagnoloDr Nicolò Spagnolo

Nicolò Spagnolo graduated in 2008 at the Sapienza Università di Roma. In 2012 he received his PhD with a thesis on the generation, manipulation, and characterization of multiphoton quantum optical states, with applications in fundamental tests of quantum mechanics and in quantum information protocols. After his PhD, he has been working as a post-doctoral researcher in the Quantum Information lab. His research activities have been focused on the experimental implementation of multiphoton quantum information and quantum simulations protocols with different photonic platforms.

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Gonzalo CarvachoDr Gonzalo Alfredo Carvacho Vera

Currently working on quantum optical manipulation, like the orbital angular momentum of light and its applications in quantum information and communication, and quantum foundations such as Bell-like tests with multiphoton generation. He graduated in 2014 at the Universidad de Concepcion (Chile).

Dr Ilaria Gianani

Ilaria Gianani graduated in 2011 at the Sapienza University of Rome. She then obtained her PhD in the Ultrafast Group of Prof. Ian A. Walmsley at the University of Oxford, with a thesis on a new metrology technique for the characterisation of ultrashort pulses with spectral nulls. In 2016 she joined the New Quantum Optics Group led by Prof. Marco Barbieri at Università degli Studi Roma Tre as a post-doctoral researcher, working mainly on quantum metrology and on the control of time-frequency correlations in SPDC sources.

PensaGiuliana Pensa
Project manager

Project support to the management of the EU FET project CANCER SCAN (2019-2024). Previously project manager of the EU project Marie Curie Initial Training Network PICQUE (2013-2017) and of the EU FET-ProActive project QUCHIP  (2015-2018), both coordinated by the University of Rome La Sapienza. Previously project manager of the EU FET project PHORBITECH, coordinated by the University of Naples Federico II.

PhD students

Iris AgrestiIris Agresti
3rd year PhD student

Currently working on quantum optics and quantum information, focusing on boson sampling and its validation methods. She graduated in October 2016 at the Sapienza Università di Roma.

Taira Giordani

Taira Giordani
3rd year PhD student

Currently working on photonic devices for the implementation of boson sampling and its validation methods. She graduated in Nov 2016 at the Sapienza Università di Roma.

Emanuele Polino

Emanuele Polino
3rd year PhD student

Currently working on photonic technologies for quantum information tasks and quantum foundations studies. He graduated in Nov 2016 at the Sapienza Università di Roma.

Andrea Geraldi
2nd year PhD student

Currently working on quantum optics, focusing on the implementation of all-optical Quantum Walks for simulating different kinds of diffusive behaviours of quantum systems. He graduated in October 2017 at the Sapienza Università di Roma.

Davide Poderini
2nd year PhD student

Currently working on quantum optics applied to causal modeling and inference in quantum systems. He graduated in July 2017 at the Sapienza Università di Roma.

Mauro Valeri
2nd year PhD student

Currently investigating quantum metrology on photonic devices, exploiting machine learning techniques. He graduated in May 2017 at the Sapienza Università di Roma

Chiara Esposito
1st year PhD student

Currently working on a test for genuine multi-photon indistinguishability for boson sampling applications. She graduated in May 2018 at the Università degli studi di Napoli “Federico II”.

Alessia Suprano
1st year PhD student

Currently working on quantum optics for implementation and exploitation of quantum walks in the orbital angular momentum degree of freedom of photons.  She graduated in October 2018 at the Sapienza Università di Roma.

milaniGiorgio Milani

Technician responsible for the security measures of the Quantum Information Lab.

Undergraduate studentsimages

 Francesco Hoch

   Guglielmo Marchese

Valerio Muredda

Former members

mario-ciampiniDr Mario Arnolfo Ciampini
Currently working at Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information in Vienna, he received his PhD in Sapienza. His activity as post-doc in Sapienza focused on developing quantum information and simulation protocols using path-polarization hyperentangled photons, focused in particular on quantum thermodynamics and cluster state manipulation and analysis.

BentivegnaDr Marco Bentivegna
Currently working as Associated Editor of Nature Commincations, he received his PhD in Sapienza with a thesis on Boson Sampling. His activity as post-doc in Sapienza primarly focused  on the use of integrated optical circuits for investigation of quantum information protocols and quantum simulation.

Fulvio Flamini

Dr Fulvio Flamini
Graduated in 2013 at Sapienza, his activity as post-doc in Sapienza focused on the development of photonic technologies for quantum simulation and quantum communication protocols.

RabDr Syed Adil Rab
Currently working in Quantum Modelling at Cogisen, he received his PhD  in Sapienza as Marie Curie ITN fellow working on integrated photonic devices for quantum information and simulation experiments with use of quantum walks techniques, with parallel work in quantum sensing with superconducting single photon detectors.

Niko ViggianielloDr Niko Viggianiello
Currently working as Biology Application Specialist at Crisel Instruments srl, he received his PhD  in Sapienzaworking on on quantum optics, quantum information and integrated photonics. Focusing on topics dealing with validation of quantum information algorithms and benchmark speed-up protocols able to study the limits of quantum computational supremacy.

Former master students

Francesco Andreoli
Flavio Baccari
Innocenzo De Marco
Valerio Di Giulio
Sabrina Emiliani
Francesco Graffitti
Luca Innocenti
Ludovico Latmiral
Alessandro Lumino
Lorenzo Magrini
Michele Mancusi
Matteo Pompili
Giulia Rubino
Marco Romano
Luca Santodonato
Raffaele Silvestri
Mattia Verducci
Enrico Vignola