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 some 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 have 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 beam instrumentation and beam dynamics studies for frontier accelerators and light sources, medical and laser applications, as well as novel accelerating techniques.
I have initiated and am coordinating the EU-funded research and training networks DITANET, LA3NET, oPAC, OMA and the brand-new AVA. I am also director of our STFC CDT on Big Data Science. With a combined budget of more than 20 million pounds 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 am also organising a large number 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.
Training the next generation of scientists in the best possible way is one of my main ambitions and I have pioneered many teaching innovations in our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes over the years.
Prizes or Honours
- Helmholtz-University YIG Award (Helmholtz Society, 2006)
- CERN Fellowship (CERN, 2005)
- REES Fellowship (JISTEC, 1999)