The SimEA Post-Doctoral Fellow(s) will pursue research in Computational Science and Engineering with emphasis on multi-scale modelling, simulations and application of data analytics approaches for the study of complex nanostructured materials. They will be integrated in the team managed by the ERA Chair and will be actively engaged with the on-going research at CaSToRC associated with HPC, Data Analytics methods and the development of novel algorithms for large-scale computational infrastructures.

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Dr. Panayiota Katsamba

Dr. Katsamba is an applied mathematician with expertise in modelling the microscale mechanics arising from the interactions of fluid, elastic and chemical phenomena. Her research lies at the interface of physical mechanics, biomedicine and microengineering. She studied mathematics at the University of Cambridge, from which she graduated in 2014 with a BA (First Honours) and MMath (Distinction). She obtained her PhD in Applied Mathematics under the supervision of Prof Eric Lauga at the Department of Applied Mathematics of the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis is titled `Biophysics of helices: Bacteria, viruses, and devices'. During her doctoral research (2014-2018), she explored the microscale mechanics of the motion of bacteria, viruses and magnetic micro-robots.

She developed a mathematical framework to study flexible filaments moving in viscous fluids, and applied it to swimming bacteria and for magnetically-actuated micro-robots that have promising applications in minimally-invasive medicine. She proposed a novel control mechanism of magnetic microbots that has been recently realised experimentally. She also developed the first mathematical model of the motion of bacteriophage viruses along the flagellar filaments of bacteria that agrees with experimental observations. Following her doctoral studies, she held the position of Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, working with Dr Montenegro-Johnson. During her postdoctoral research at Birmingham (2018-2020), she developed “Slender Phoretic Theory” for the study of chemically active filaments that offer novel control capabilities for microbots through shape transformation. She joined the Cyprus Institute in the summer of 2020 as a Research Fellow in the SimEA research team. Her research focuses on the development of data-driven, multi-scale computational approaches for the modelling of molecular systems.
 

 

 

Dr. Hilal Reda

Dr. Hilal Reda is a Mechanical Engineer with experience in microscale homogenization for generalized continuum models. His doctoral research was conducted under the direction of Prof. Jean Francois Ganghoffer at Lorraine University.  He studied mechanical engineering at the Lebanese University. He has good knowledge of and a concrete foundation in computational material, topology optimization and wave propagation analysis. He succeeded in developing 2D and 3D homogenization methods for the linear discrete structure towards generalized media such as second gradient and micropolar media: The influence of additional degrees of freedom or higher order gradients on the dispersion relations was analysed in both situations of elastic and viscoelastic behaviours of the material. He also developed a nonlinear homogenization method for the periodic discrete structure. He studied the wave propagation analysis in linear and nonlinear regions for the discrete periodic structure. In the nonlinear region, he analysed the influence of large elastic deformations on the propagation of acoustic waves in repetitive network materials: He proposed a new methodology for the construction of effective strain gradient media for heterogeneous materials combining a variational principle of linear elasticity with the extended Hill lemma, accounting for the generalized kinematics in the framework of periodic homogenization. 

Following his Doctoral studies, he held a postdoctoral position at Valenciennes University. During his postdoctoral research, he studied the solid-solid interface characterization at the nanometer scale using very high ultrasonic frequency. He succeeded in publishing more than 20 articles in international journals with high impact factors on the characterization and development of homogenization methods in linear and nonlinear regions with wave propagation analysis, taking into account the microstructure size effects (such as: Composite Structure, Journal of Sound and Vibration, International journal of Non Linear Mechanics, Journal of Engineering Science, Journal of Sound and Vibration).

 

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Dr. Anastassia Rissanou

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. 

In her current position at CyI, her research focuses on the study of small peptides as potential carriers for drug delivery, using atomistic simulations.

 

 

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Dr. Ioannis Tanis

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 and his current research focuses on polymer nanocomposite systems and the coupling between their conformational properties and their dynamic response.