ICREA Research Professor at ICE (CSIC-IEEC) since 2003. He wrote about 500 journal articles, with more than 30000 citations. Three ms written while in ICREA were cited more than 1000 times, 2 books and 5 articles-more than 500 times. Foreign Member of the Royal Norwegian Academy, member of European Phys. Soc. and Italian Grav. Soc. Awarded by Amaldi Gold Medal: European Prize for Gravitational Physics 2014. Editorial Board Member of six journals and referee of about 20 journals (with excellence certificates from PLB, EPL, PRD). Hirsh index h=87 (Google Scholar) and h=81(inspirehep). Supervisor of 12 PhDs. Speaker/lecturer/participant of about 120 conf. and Org. Comm.member/organizer of about 40 int. workshops. Top Cited Thomson-Reuters Researcher in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Awarded by several short-term JSPS fellowships to conduct research at KMI, Nagoya Univ.,Japan.
I develop the theory which should describe our universe history. My main purpose is to formulate the consistent alternative to Einstein gravity in order to resolve the fundamental puzzle of modern cosmology: why and how the universe accelerates? In fact, I proposed the first modified gravity which may describe the unification of the early-time inflation (including singular one) and late-time acceleration. We also proposed a bouncing universe in modified gravity as scenario that is alternative to the inflation. The alternative gravity we develop should describe the whole sequence of the universe eras: inflation, radiation-matter dominance and dark energy era with consistent transitions from one era to other era. The study of the current universe should clarify its future: if it will expand eternally or if its evolution will be finished in the finite-time future singularity (actually much before via the disintegration of bound objects).
Key wordsdark energy; inflation; modified gravity;string theory and quantum gravity; cosmology; quantum fields; astrophysics and black holes; Casimir effect;