Profile

  • Interdisciplinary experience and background ranging between natural sciences, chemical and structural characterisation, instrumentation, technologies and aspects of life sciences.
  • Current research involves intensive work on:
    • Secondary minerals in Martian meteorites, planetary studies, aiming to the sample return mission from Mars.
    • Automated petrography using digital image analysis and pattern recognition,
    • Astrobiology, biominerals, and biosignatures,
    • Life under extreme conditions (simulated, zero and high gravity – ESA & ISS involvement),
    • Biodeterioration, restoration & laser cleaning of artworks,
    • Development of analytical techniques and automated spectral interpretation (TOF-SIMS, Raman, optical microscopy, LIPS/LIBS),
    • Materials characterisation (TOF-SIMS, Raman, TEM, FTIR, optical microscopy, Spectroscopy, SEM/EDS/EBSD, XRD etc.),
    • Mineralogy and petrology (Ultra-high pressure diamondiferous metamorphic rocks), materials.
    • Development of Instruments and Analytical methods for planetary exploration (targeting a space mission, especially the sample return mission to Mars).
  • Able to work under own initiative and in teams, even under stress conditions.
  • Very flexible, efficient and dedicated to achieve results of a high standard.
  • Easy to conceive or understand new ideas and to pursue those ideas further, also with an artistic touch and perspective.
  • Highly proficient in computing and Internet, skilled in latest technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully presenting results and in quality proposal and report writing.
  • Management and organisational skills through European projects and project management in industry. Also, experience in evaluating technical work through the frequent participation in the industrial panels as evaluator and vice chair assisting the European Commission. This provided additional organisational skills since I participated in the whole procedure from allocation of resources and people to evaluation and panel meetings.
  • Speaking and writing English (fluent), German (good), Greek (mother tongue).
  • Friendly personality, easily adapting into different cultures.