Charmandaris Vassilis

215 Physics Bldg.



Vassilis Charmandaris obtained his BSc in Physics from the University of Thessaloniki in 1989 and his PhD in Astrophysics from Iowa State University (USA) in 1995. His academic genealogy tree is here.


He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Astrophysics Section of CEA/Saclay in France in 1996. From 1997 until 1999 he was a Marie Curie fellow at Paris Observatory. In 1999 he moved back to the US and spent 6 years as a Research Associate at the Astronomy Department of Cornell University. He joined the University of Crete as an Assistant Professor in February 2005, in 2009 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2014 he became a Professor. From 2013 until 2018 he served as the Director of the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens. Since 2019 he is the Director of the Institute of Astrophysics at FORTH, as well as Director of Skinakas Observatory. In April 2022 he was appointed Adjunct Research Professor at the European University Cyprus.


Observational Extragalactic Astrophysics, with emphasis in Space Infrared Astronomy. He has been working mostly on problems related to the properties of the dust, molecular gas depletion, and star formation in interacting galaxies, starbursts and active galactic nuclei.

University of Crete - Department of Physics  - Voutes University Campus - GR-70013 Heraklion, Greece
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