I am a professional astronomer at the Scuola Normale Superiore, in Pisa, and a passionate science communicator. Over the past ten years I have been very active in the fields of the interstellar medium and star formation. Since 2017 I have been working on discovering the role of magnetic fields in the structure and evolution of galaxies.
I work mainly with numerical simulations of astrophysical fluids. My current research involves simulating galaxies with different metallicities and magnetic fields, and studying their evolution.
I have been working for more than five years on the formation and evolution of interstellar molecular filaments, the sites where most local star formation is happening.
Post-doctoral Researcher, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
February 2020 - present
At SNS I am part of the Interstellar ERC project, dedicated to the study of the formation and characteristics of primordial galaxies. I study the generation and evolution of magnetic fields in these early galaxies.
Marie-Curie fellow, Foundation for Research and Technology, Greece
June 2017 - February 2020
My project ORIGAMI was an effort to unveil the role of magnetic fields in the evolution of galaxies, and vice-versa. I design and perform state-of-the art simulations of magnetized galaxies at different redshifts.
Post-doctoral Researcher, Commissariat à l'énergie atomique, France.
October 2012 - April 2017
At CEA I was part of the ORISTARS ERC project, designed to explain the origin and evolution of interstellar molecular filaments. I worked on numerical simulations targeted to interpreting the observational results.
PHD thesis, LMU and Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany
September 2007 - February 2012
My PhD thesis, supervised by Andreas Burkert, was conducted under the IMPRS program in Munich. I worked on interstellar spherical shocks called superbubbles, and how their collisions can trigger episodes of star formation.
Communicating science with the public
A passion of mine outside research is science communication. It brings motivation in my research projects and it helps build strong bonds within society.
Astronomy activities with children
In 2008 I co-founded the international science education project GalileoMobile, that every year brings astronomy to thousands of children in remote areas of the world. In 2015 I coordinated the Constellation project, a network of schools across South America that performed astronomy activities together.
Public talks, interviews and popular science articles.
I have been invited for numerous public talks and interviews about my research and general science issues.
I write popular science articles regularly for "Α ΜΠΑ;", an online magazine targeted to women (in Greek).
Finally, I am a science mentor for young women as part of the supernova foundation network