Claudio Scrucca was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1972. He obtained his Degree in Physics at the University of Perugia in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics at the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste in 1998. He worked first as Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Munich untill 2000, and at the European Organization for Nuclear Research of Geneva untill 2004. He was then appointed as Maitre Assistant at the University of Neuchatel. Since 2007, he is Junior Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne with a grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
The research activity of Claudio Scrucca concerns the quest for a more fundamental theoretical description of elementary particle physics, in which the known types of particles and forces are treated in a unified way and in a common framework. This consists in the theoretical investigation of new physical properties of particle dynamics that are postulated to emerge at high energies, like for instance supersymmetry, extra dimensions and strings. More precisely, his interests focus on the study of extensions of the standard model of particle physics motivated on one side by these new principles and on another side by the limitations plaguing the standard description. His main projects concern the characterization of the phenomenological and the cosmological constraints that can be put on supergravity models, which represent theoretically very compelling and phenomenologically viable candidates for an effective description of physics beyond the standard model in this paradigm of unification.