Luca Visinelli

Luca Visinelli

Tenure-track Associate Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Fellow, Tsung-Dao Lee Institute

Tsung-Dao Lee Institute (TDLI), Shanghai

I am an Associate Professor in physics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a Fellow at the Tsung-Dao Lee Institute (TDLI) in Shanghai, recently founded by Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek. Previously, I was a “Fellini” Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Italy, a Fellow at the Gravitation, AstroParticle Physics Amsterdam (GRAPPA), and a postdoc at NORDITA in Stockholm, Sweden. I graduated from The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT (USA).

My research activity spans various interesting topics including particle astrophysics, dark matter, dark energy, and black holes. I have focused on exploring the role the axion as a dark matter candidate, for which I co-wrote a review on Physics Report in 2020. Recently, I have collaborated on an impactful review on the Hubble tension that also includes Nobel Laureate Adam Riess.

I have been awarded a Research Fund For International Scientists grant by the National Science Foundation of China in 2023, with the project titled “Astrophysical Axion Laboratories”. In 2022, I have been the co-recipient of the prestigious Buchalter Cosmology Prize for “opening new, unforeseen vistas for the scientific scope of direct detection dark matter experiments”.

My h-index is 42 according to Inspire-HEP, and my Erdös number is 4.


  • Particle Astrophysics
  • Dark Matter modeling
  • Black Holes signatures (shadows, gravitational waves)


  • PhD in Physics, 2011

    The University of Utah

  • MSc in Physics, 2011

    The University of Utah

  • BSc in Physics, 2007

    University of Bologna, Italy