I have studied physics and economics at the Universities of Frankfurt (Germany) and UC Berkeley (USA) and did my PhD in accelerator physics at the University of Frankfurt. After years as Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg (Germany, 2003-2004) and as Fellow at CERN (Switzerland, 2005-2007) I founded the QUASAR Group in 2007. I have been a member academic staff at the University of Liverpool and a member of the Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science and Technology since 2008. In 2011 I was promoted to Full Professor of Physics and I have been Head of the Physics Department since September 2016.
I am also Head of the Accelerator Physics and QUASAR Groups. My research focuses on the development of advanced sensor and beam instrumentation, as well as on beam dynamics studies for frontier accelerators and light sources, accelerator applications, as well as novel accelerating techniques.
I have initiated and coordinated the EU-funded research and training networks DITANET, LA3NET, oPAC, OMA and AVA. I am also Director of the STFC CDT on Big Data Science, LIV.DAT. These are the largest research and training initiatives ever realised in my research area. They have put me in charge of the training of more than 100 postgraduate researchers. I have organized dozens of international schools and topical workshops for our students, staff and the wider scientific community. As a member of various scientific advisory committees, I contribute to defining future research trends and the advancement of physics in general.