my name is Annalisa De Cia, and I am an astrophysicist. I study gas, “metals” (that’s how we call all the chemical elements in the Universe that are heavier than helium) and dust in galaxies using background sources to shine through them. Recently, I was awarded a PRIMA grant by the Swiss National Science Foundation, to build a research group at the Observatoire de Genève (University of Geneva).