Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Ioannis Tanis (January 2022 - December 2022)

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Dr. Ioannis Tanis is a scientific modeler with more than 15 years of experience in molecular simulations. He holds a B.Sc in Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a M.Sc in Theoretical and Applied Fluid Dynamics from the University of Manchester, UK. His doctoral thesis focused on the study of the physicochemical properties of dendritic polymers and especially their applications in drug delivery via all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. In 2011, he moved to France and worked for several years as a postdoctoral researcher in both academic and industrial projects at the University of Savoie, ESPCI Paris and CEA. His research focused on polymer-based systems and their applications in diverse areas, ranging from natural gas purification to lubrication, using atomistic and coarse-grained MD simulations. Highly interested in modern technologies, he also has a diploma in Blockchain Development and attended courses in DevOps practices. He joined SimEA in 2022, working on polymer nanocomposite systems and the coupling between their conformational properties and their dynamic response. In 2023, he moved to the company Siemens where he works as an Applications Engineer in Molecular Modelling. 


Dr. Anastassia Rissanou (January 2022 - October 2022)


Dr. Anastassia Rissanou is a physicist. She received her Batchelor and Master degrees from the Department of Physics of the University of Crete.  Her Masters was in the direction of Physics of Condensed Matter. Then, in 2003, she received her PhD, entitled “Simulation studies on Polymeric and Colloidal Systems” from the same department in collaboration with the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas – Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser in Heraklion, Crete. After that, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate in various places. Among them, at the Institute of Physical Chemistry - Laboratory of Molecular Thermodynamics and Modeling of Materials NRCPS "Demokritos" and the Department of Chemical Engineering of Princeton University, New Jersey.

She is an experienced researcher in topics related to the study of structural, dynamical and thermodynamical properties of complex systems of polymers, colloids, biological molecules and hybrid nanostructured materials. She is skilled in various simulation methods (Monte Carlo, Molecular Dynamics, Brownian Dynamics) at the atomistic and coarse-grained level, as well as multi-scale simulation techniques. She has worked on many joint simulation and experimental projects, something which supports her ability for collaboration with experimental groups. She is communicative and effective in the research projects that she works οn. 

At CyI, her research focused on the study of small peptides as potential carriers for drug delivery, using atomistic simulations. She was recently appointed to the position of principal researcher at The National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece, where she will work on the computational modelling of materials with molecular simulations and/or machine learning methods.


Dr. Petra Bacova (November 2020 - April 2021)

Dr. Petra Bacova is a physical chemist. She received her Ph.D degree from the University of the Basque Country in 2014 under the framework of Marie Curie ITN Dynacop. She spent various years as a post-doctoral fellow at IACM-FORTH in Crete, where she was involved (among others) in a project focused on nanostructured materials with application in energy under the Stavros Niarchos fellowship and in a project in collaboration with Goodyear. During her research stay in the Materials Physics Center in San Sebastian in 2016, she was part of a multidisciplinary national project concerning single-chain polymer nanoparticles. Her research interests include simulations of all types of polymer materials. As a postdoctoral researcher in the SimEA group, she addressed a well-known problem of the degree of star penetration and of the cooperative motion of star-like molecules in dense (melt) conditions, by employing atomistic molecular dynamics simulations in combination with specifically designed analysis tools. In addition, she has been involved in the project development of molecular simulation methods of polymeric nanocomposites for tire applications, in the framework of a research collaboration with the company Goodyear. Dr. Bacova is currently an associate researcher at the University of Cádiz (Spain) as a “María Zambrano” fellow in the frame of the Requalification Action for the Spanish University System 2021‐2023 (with the option of track-tenure position after 2023), financed by the Ministerial Order UNI/551/2021, which regulates the direct granting of subsidies to public universities. She maintains close research ties to the SimEA team, serving to expand our network of collaborators.


Dr. Awais Mahmood (November 2020 - August 2021)

Dr. Awais Mahmood is a Mechanical Engineer and has received his doctoral degree from Tsinghua University, China in June 2020. In the SimEA research group, he worked on the development of efficient computational techniques for engineering applications related to wetting and transport phenomena


Managing coordinator

Dr. Christodoulos Christodoulou (October 2020 - November 2022)


Dr. Christodoulos Christodoulou was the Managing Coordinator of the SimEA project. Christos completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Physical Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK. He then moved to Tüebingen, Germany where he worked as a research assistant at the Hertie Institute for brain research. After that, he pursued a PhD in solid-state physics at Humboldt University in Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Norbert Koch. His PhD focused on the interaction between graphene and organic molecules. He then worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB), where he coordinated a bilateral European project and studied the characteristics of novel organic solar cells. He then transitioned to industry, starting as a Data Engineer at Motionlogic GmbH (Deutsche Telekom), building distributed algorithms using spatiotemporal data. He then led a research and development team at the same company. Finally, he worked as an engineering manager, leading a team of data scientists, analysts and software engineers. He acted as engineering/product manager and relationship manager.