I am an experimental nuclear physicist with interest in astrophysical processes. I use various experimental techniques to study nuclear reactions that take place inside stars. I focus on stellar explosions where the nuclei involved are very exotic and short-lived. I do most of my experiments at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), where these rare nuclei can be created, accelerated and studied. I am an Associate Professor of Physics at Michigan State University, and currently I am also serving as the Associate Director for Education and Outreach for the NSCL.
I was born in Cyprus, in the beautiful city of Limassol. In 1997 I moved to Greece, where I pursued my undergraduate studies in the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During my senior year I found myself falling in love with every nuclear physics class I took. After my graduation, in 2001, I started my graduate studies in experimental nuclear astrophysics at the Institute of Nuclear Physics, NCSR “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece and the National Technical University of Athens. For my Ph.D. work, I used the local 5MV Tandem accelerator, as well as the Dynamitron Tandem accelerator (DTL) of the University of Bochum. Since 2007 I am at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University (MSU). At MSU, I have held various appointments (Research Associate, Assistant Professor), and currently, I am an Associate Professor of Physics and the Associate Director for Education and Outreach.