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. In the near future I'm looking forward to use the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) for my research. I am a Professor of Physics at Michigan State University, and currently I am also serving as the Faculty Outreach Advisor for FRIB.
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, Associate Professor), and currently, I am a Professor of Physics and the Faculty Outreach Advisor for FRIB.