Before moving to this side of the Atlantic, I was born and raised in Trikala, Greece, where I graduated from high school in June 2009. Early in my high school career, I got actively involved in the national Astronomy high school competition and was awarded an honorable mention in the student’s International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Bandung, Indonesia, in 2008. I then won the first prize in the national competition the following year and also participated in the 2009 IOAA in Tehran, Iran, before joining the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in the fall of 2009. As an undergraduate student, I continued my active participation in various Astronomical activities at a national level and got particularly interested in a variety of topics in theoretical astrophysics, general relativity and cosmology. I graduated in 2014, with a major in Physics and a specialization in Astronomy, before moving to the US to begin graduate studies in Astronomy at Cornell University, in the fall of 2014. While at Cornell I pursued a PhD in theoretical cosmology, with an emphasis on cosmological tests of dark energy and modified gravity theories, under the supervision of Professor Rachel Bean.
Aside from trying to solve the mysteries of the universe, I like playing all kinds of sports, including, but not limited to, soccer (or as we say in Europe, football), basketball, table tennis and lifting weights. In 2017 I was part of the team that represented Cornell in the National College Table Tennis finals.