Personnel

 

Dr. Efthymios Palaiologou

 

Education: Efthymios Palaiologou received his Bachelor's Diploma in Physics from Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki in 1976 and his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, USA in 1983.

Career: He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1985- 1988). In 1988 he moved to the University of Crete where he accepted a research/teaching position until 1991. He has been a researcher at IESL/FORTH between 1991-1997 and at the Department of Physics from 1997-1999. In 2002 he was appointed in a permanent administrative position.

Interests: Observational Astronomy (imaging and spectroscopy): Planetary Nebulae, Supernova Remnants. In situ instrument testing and characterization, telescope maintenance and software development.

E-mail: palaiolo@physics.uoc.gr

Phone: +30-2801-394237

George Paterakis

 

Education: BSc in Physics, University of Crete, 1989

Career: From 1995 until 1999 he was Senior Technician at the Dept. of Hydroacoustics of the Institute of Marine Biology of Crete (currently Hellenic Centre for Marine Research). Since 1999 he has been a Technical Manager at Skinakas Observatory.

Interests: Development and implementation of: Microcontrollers, Electronic Design, Mechanical Design, Web Design, Computer Networks, Programming.

E-mail: gpat@physics.uoc.gr

Phone: +30-2801-394238

Anastasios Kougentakis

 

Education: BSc in Electronics, Technological Educational Institute of Crete at Chania.

Career: From 1997 until 1999 he has been working in “Poseidon Electronics Co” in servicing and installing marine electronics and radio communications networks. He joined the staff of Skinakas Observatory in 1999 as an instrument technician and night assistant.

Interests: Design and development of electromechanical automata, optical systems, and electronic imaging devices for telescopes.

E-mail: tassosk@physics.uoc.gr

Phone: +30-2801-394238

Anna Steiakaki

 

Education: BSc in Physics, University of Crete, 1998
Career: She has been part of the Skinakas group since 2000 in project funded positions by FORTH and the Univ. of Crete. During the period of 2002-2004 she was an administrative assistant of the "Onassis Foundation Science Lecture Series" organized by FORTH.
Interests: Technical and computer assistance in the operation of the Observatory. Technical support of instrumentation.

E-mail: annas@physics.uoc.gr

Phone: +30-2801-394238

 

 

 

Research Personnel

Ioannis Papamastorakis, (Professor Emeritus)

 

Education: Ioannis Papamastorakis obtained his PhD in Observational Astrophysics in 1975 from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Germany).

Career: He joined to University of Crete in 1985 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to an Associate Professor in 1990 and to Professor in 2005. He retired and was elected Emeritus Professor in 2009.

Interests: Observational Astrophysics and Astronomy

 

E-mail: papamast@physics.uoc.gr

Phone: +30-2801-394311

Iosif Papadakis, (Professor)

 

Education: Iosif Papadakis received his BSc in Physics from the University of Athens in 1989 and his PhD in Astrophysics from the Queen Mary & Westfield College of the University of London (UK) in 1992.

Career: He was a research fellow at the Physics Department of the University of Southampton between 1993 - 1994 and 1997. He then moved to University of Crete, where he worked as a research associate until 2001, when he accepted a position of researcher at IESL FORTH. In 2003 he commenced his appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University of Crete, he was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2009 and in 2014 he became a Professor.

Interests: Extragalactic Astrophysics, with main emphasis on active galaxies related studies.

E-mail: jhep@physics.uoc.gr

Phone: +30-2801-394213

Pablo Reig, (Senior Researcher, FORTH)

 

Education:  He obtained his degree in Physics in 1991 and his PhD in Physics in 1996, both from the University of Valencia.
Career: His first Post-doc contract (1996-1998) was carried out in the University of Southampton (UK), where he learned the processes for the reduction and analysis of data from X-ray space missions and became familiar with the timing and spectral techniques for the interpretation of high-energy observations. His second Post-doc contract (1998-2002) was carried out in the University of Crete, where he learned to solve radiative transfer problems through the use of Montecarlo simulations. He returned to Spain (2002-2004) as a senior researcher within the framework of the Ramón y Cajal programme of the Spanish Ministery of Science and Technology to work on the analysis of data from the INTEGRAL space mission. Since 2004 he is a senior researcher at FORTH and collaborates through various teaching activities with the Physics Department of the University of Crete.
Interests: His areas of professional expertise are Observational Astronomy in the optical/IR band and High-Energy Astrophysics. Current scientific interest is X-ray variability of all types of X-ray binaries

E-mail: pau@physics.uoc.gr

Phone: +30-2801-394248

Andreas Zezas, (Assistant Professor)

 

Education: Andreas Zezas received his PhD on 2002 from the University of Leicester (UK). His thesis work was on the X-ray emission from normal galaxies.
Career: Since 2000 he has been working as a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at Cambridge, USA. There he worked on  X-ray observations of nearby galaxies with the Chandra and XMM-Newton X-ray observatories. He joined the University of Crete as Assistant Professor on February 2009.
Interests: His research interests are focused on: the nature of the discrete X-ray sources in other galaxies  (neutron star and black-hole X-ray binaries, and supernova remnants), induced star-formation and nuclear activity in interacting galaxies, and the cosmological evolution of galaxies and their populations of compact objects.

E-mail: azezas@physics.uoc.gr

Phone: +30-2801-394212

Vassilis Charmandaris, (Professor)

 

Education: Vassilis Charmandaris obtained his BSc in Physics from the University of Thessaloniki in 1989 and his PhD in Astrophysics from Iowa State University (USA) in 1995.

Career: He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Astrophysics Section of CEA/Saclay in France in 1996. From 1997 until 1999 he was a Marie Curie fellow at the millimeter and infrared astronomy department (DEMIRM) of Paris Observatory, where he has also been elected as Chercheur Associe since 2001. From 1999 until 2005 he was a Research Associate at the Astronomy Department of Cornell University. He joined the University of Crete as an Assistant Professor in February 2005, in 2009 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2014 he became a Professor.

Interests: Observational Extragalactic Astrophysics, with emphasis in Space Infrared Astronomy. He has been working mostly on problems related to the properties of the dust, molecular gas depletion, and star formation in interacting galaxies, starbursts and active galactic nuclei.

E-mail: vassilis@physics.uoc.gr

Phone: +30-2801-394216

Nikos Kylafis, (Professor)

 

Education: Nikos Kylafis received his PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1978.

Career: He was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech (1979 - 1981) and at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1981 - 1984). Then, he was an Assistant Professor at Columbia University (1984 - 1985) before accepting an Assistant Professor position at the University of Crete in 1985. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989 and Professor in 1997. He served as Chairman of the Department of Physics from 1999 to 2003. He was the Dean of the School of Sciences from September 2008 until May 2013.

Interests: Theoretical Astrophysics with special interests in Radiation Transfer, Compact X-ray Sources, Spiral Galaxies, and Astrophysical MASERs.

E-mail: kylafis@physics.uoc.gr

Phone: +30-2801-394215

Vasiliki Pavlidou, (Assistant Professor)

Education: Vasiliki Pavlidou received his BSc in Physics from the University of Thessaloniki in 1999 and her PhD in Astronomy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) in 2005.

Career: She was an Institute Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago between 2005 and 2008, and a NASA Einstein Fellow at Caltech between 2008 and 2011. In the fall of 2010 she was elected as Assistant Professor at the Physics Department of the University of Crete. She spent the 2011-2012 year as a Visiting Research Scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, and she moved to Crete on a Marie Curie fellowship hosted by FORTH in the fall of 2012.

Interests: High-energy Astrophysics and Cosmology.

E-mail: pavlidou@physics.uoc.gr

Phone: +30 2810 394211

Konstantinos Tassis, (Assistant Professor)

Education: Konstantinos Tassis obtained his BSc in Physics from the University of Thessaloniki in 1999 and his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) in 2005.

Career: He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago from 2005 until 2008. From 2008 until 2011 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In 2011 he was elected an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics at the University of Crete. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy between 2011 and 2012, and he moved to the University of Crete as a Marie Curie fellow in the fall of 2012.

Interests: Star and Galaxy Formation, Interstellar Medium Astrophysics.

E-mail:tassis@physics.uoc.gr

Phone: +30 2810 394219

Despina Hatzidimitriou, (Associate Professor - Univ. of Athens)

 

Education: Despina Hatzidimitriou obtained her PhD in 1989 from the University of Edinburg (UK). Her thesis was on the dynamics and evolution of the Small Magellanic Cloud.

Career: From 1989 until 1991 she was a researcher at the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Australia and in 1992 she was a researcher at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, UK. She joined the University of Crete in 1993 as a lecturer. She was promoted to a tenured Assistant Professor in 2001 and to an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics in 2007. Since 2009 she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics, of the University of Athens.

Interests: Astrophysics: Study of stellar clusters in our Galaxy and in nearby galaxies. Star formation and evolution of galaxies in the Local Group. Study of the dynamics and kinematics of the Local Group, and properties of the dark matter in the local Universe. Environmental Physics: Earth Energy Budget - Greenhouse Effect - Earth Observing System.

E-mail: deshatzi@phys.uoa.gr

Phone: +30-210-7276721

 

 

 

Associated Researchers

Fotis Mavromatakis, (Associate Professor - TEI of Crete)

 

Education: Fotis Mavromatakis received his BSc in Physics from the University of Crete in 1988.  He received his PhD from the Department of Physics of the same university in 1994. His thesis work was carried out at MPE on the X-ray emission from accreting binary pulsars.

Career: He was a research fellow at the Physics Department of the University of Crete between 1996 - 2004. He then moved to the Technological Educational Institute of Crete as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associated Professor in 2009.

Interests: Galactic Astrophysics, with emphasis on supernova remnants and planetary nebulae.

E-mail: fotis@stef.teicrete.gr

Phone: +30-210-254858