Ph.D. in Computational Sciences

PhD Students under the SimEA project: 

Eleftherios Christofi

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Eleftherios Christofi was awarded his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at the University of Crete. Thereafter, he completed his Masters degree in Applied Mathematics, working on “The Optimisation Algorithm in Machine Learning”. Currently, he is a Ph.D student at CyI, working on the developement of multi-scale simulation approaches for complex molecular systems via hybrid physics-based data-driven methods.


 Nikolaos Patsalidis

Nikolas Patsalides 2  Nikolaos Patsalidis is a mechanical engineer. He completed his Bachelors with integrated Masters degree at the National Technical University of Athens where he specialized in Air and Ground Transport Vehicles Option (AGTVO). He has recently embarked on a Ph.D at CyI, working on the development and application of simulations and machine-learning methods for studying complex nanostructured materials.


Malak Barakat

Malak joined the institute for a short period as a visiting MSc student in 2022. After completing her MSc, she embarked upon a joint PhD between the Lebanese University and CyI. During her PhD, she will study adhesive and cohesive failure mechanisms of polymer nanostructured materials (PNMs) using multiscale modeling methods combining both atomistic (Molecular Dynamics) and continuum (Finite Element) approaches. Failure mechanisms of PNMs may include : crack growth, delamination of interphase, defect sensitivity, along with others.


Panagiotis Ilia

Panagiotis Ilia 

Panagiotis Ilia received a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Cyprus and an MSc in Mathematical Modeling from the National Technical University of Athens. In Summer 2022, he visited CyI as a summer intern, working on "The Influence of electric Fields on Contact Angles" under the supervision of Assist. Prof. Nikos Savva. In October 2023, he joined CaSToRC as a PhD student, working on "Investigating the Behavior of Polymer-based Materials via Simulations, Machine-Learning and Phase-field Modeling".


PhD students via competitive funding 

Sisem Ektirici

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Sisem joined the group in September 2022 as a Graduate Research Assistant in the European Doctorate Program Enabling the next generation of computational physicists and engineers (ENGAGE). After graduating from Hacettepe University, Department of Chemistry, she received an MSc degree in biochemistry on chromatographic techniques and quantum chemical calculations of biomolecules. She is currently working on molecular dynamics simulations of biomolecules and theoretical calculations of biomaterials.


Naveen Subramanian

Naveen   Naveen is a Mechanical Engineer. He did his Master’s in Computational Engineering at Technical University of Munich, Germany with specialization in Computational Fluid Dynamics. He also worked on Physics Informed Neural Networks in Fluid Dynamics as part of his Master's thesis. Currently, he is a PhD student working on Multi-Scale Computational Approaches for Wetting on Soft surfaces as part of the ENGAGE Project. 


Georgios Sakellion

George Sakellion 

Georgios Sakellion received a Bachelor-Integrated Msc degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, where he gained insight into multiscale simulations of materials (Atomistic and Coarse Grained representations). He is currently enrolled in the PhD programme at CyI, under the ENGAGE project, working on “"Multi-scale simulation methodologies of organic semiconductors for morphology control" under the supervision of Prof. Harmandaris.


 Jiahua Zhao


Jiahua Zhao received his BSc degree in Oceanography from the Southern University of Science and Technology in China, and then his MSc degree in Geophysics at the University of Padua, Italy. After completing his MSc studies, Jiahua joined CyI as a PhD student funded under the ENGAGE project. Therein, he works on the project “Improving the efficiency and quality of 3D seismic imaging addressing HPC aspects”. He is supervised by Prof. E. Verschuur (TU Delft) and co-supervised by Assist. Prof. Nikos Savva of CyI.


 Maria Antoniou

Maria Antoniou  Maria Antoniou completed her Integrated Master’s degree at the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. She is currently a Ph.D student at the CyI and she is working on the European Doctoral Network ‘MELOMANES’, a project focused on an innovative immunotherapy treatment enhanced by nanoparticles.


Elisa Bellantoni

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Elisa holds a BSc and MSc in Physics from the University of Ferrara, Italy. She did her MSc thesis at the Eindhoven University of Technology as an Erasmus+ student, working on the theoretical development and implementation of a lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) for fluid flows simulations on spherical surfaces. Currently, she is part of the European Joint Doctorate program on Advanced computing, QuanTum algorIthms and data-driVen Approaches for science, Technology and Engineering (AQTIVATE). Her research work focuses on wetting hydrodynamics and multi-phase and multi-component flows employing AI methodologies.


Visiting PhD students

Maria Arnittali

Maria   Maria Arnittali received her BSc and MSc degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Crete. During her BSc thesis, she was working on Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations of peptides with graphene in aqueous solution. Then, during her MSc thesis, she focused on studying proteins via MD simulations. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Crete in Applied and Computational Mathematics and a visiting PhD student at The Cyprus Institute, where she continues studying biomolecules through MD and Metadynamics simulations.