Since 2017 I am an associate professor at Parma University, in the area of theoretical condensed-matter physics (fisica teorica della materia 02/B2). I graduated from the LMU Munich in 2000 and was awarded one of the first binational German-Italian Ph.D. degrees from Insubria University (Como) and LMU in 2004. During a project with Prof. Artur Ekert at the University of Oxford in 1997-98 I got in touch with the fundamental questions as well as the immediate applications of quantum mechanics. These interests have guided my research since then. During my Ph.D. I collaborated for the first time with an experimental cold-atom group, which was based at the University of Oxford. After my PostDoc as a Humboldt Fellow at Pisa University in the experimental Bose-Einstein condensation group of Prof. Ennio Arimondo, I held a temporary researcher position at Turin Politecnico and was a Junior Research Group Leader at Heidelberg University as well as a junior fellow (“Kollegiat”) of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. At Heidelberg I still keep the status of a visiting professor and Privatdozent. I was awarded visiting professorships from the Abbe School of Photonics at Jena University (2015) and from the Dodd Walls Centre for Photonic & Quantum Technologies, New Zealand (2020). I have been teaching physics classes at all levels in the faculties of physics and engineering, since 2007 in Heidelberg and since 2014 in Parma. I (co-)organized a large school for graduate students twice a year (2008-2014) and a series of research workshops with active participation of students at Heidelberg. From 2014 to 2018 I co-organized the annual conference on Statistical Physics and Complex Systems in Parma. Combining my research interests in classical and quantum dynamics with my main teaching activities, I authored a Springer textbook on Nonlinear Dynamics and Quantum Chaos (Graduate Texts in Physics, 2014). I advised more than 40 students at all career levels and two PostDocs at Pisa, Heidelberg, and Parma. Most of them are currently holding research positions in academics and industry all over the world. My continuing collaborations with many experimental groups worldwide are well documented by our joint publications. At present, I am particularly interested in quantum control by light-matter interaction and in the non-equilibrium dynamics of many-body quantum systems.