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CREF promotes original and high-impact lines of research, based on physical methods, but with a strong interdisciplinary character and in relation to the main problems of the modern knowledge society.

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The CREF was born with a dual soul: a research centre and a historical museum. Its aim is to preserve and disseminate the memory of Enrico Fermi and to promote the dissemination and communication of scientific culture.

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Michela Marafini

I graduated in Nuclear and Sub-Nuclear Physics from the Università Roma Tre in 2008 and obtained my PhD at APC, Paris Director University, in 2011 with a thesis on neutrino physics. Throughout my research career, I have been dedicated to applied particle physics techniques, i.e, in developing innovative detectors and their diverse applications in fundamental and applied research. Working in an international R&D environment, I have tackled hardware and software challenges, continuously enhancing my skills through collaboration with various experimental groups across different countries.

Since 2011, I have been based in Rome, where my focus has shifted towards the radio and particle therapy field. Here, I have had the opportunity to explore novel detectors while taking on increasing responsibilities. Over time, I have gained independence in leading projects, coordinating teams, and conducting R&D studies with growing independence. Since the end of 2018, I have been a permanent researcher at CREF; my primary focus areas include beam monitoring in Flash Radiotherapy (FlashDC project) and nuclear imaging (reSPECT project). While my passion for detecting neutral particles remains steadfast, I am actively involved in projects such as MONDO and MULTIPASS, which aim to develop multipurpose detectors dedicated to the characterisation and tracking of secondary neutrons and prompt photons produced in Particle Therapy. 

My motto is: Be like a neutron, keep going.


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