Academy Research Fellow
HIP Project Leader
Helsinki Institute of Physics
P.O. Box 64 (Gustav Hällströmin katu 2)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
A322, Physicum
+358 50 338 6725
+358 9 191 50522

Short bio and cv

I obtained my PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Helsinki in 2004. After this, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington (2004-2007), the Technical University of Vienna (2007) as well as CERN, Geneva (2008-2009). From Switzerland I moved to Germany and Bielefeld, where I headed a Sofja Kovalevskaja group until August 2013. In September of the same year, I finally returned to Helsinki, where I work as a Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland and lead one of the theory projects of the Helsinki Institute of Physics. Starting early 2017, I also hold an ERC Consolidator Grant.

A relatively up-to-date cv of mine can be found here.

Research interests

My research revolves mostly around questions related to QCD and other quantum field theories at nonzero temperature and density. The physical systems I am interested in include the interiors of compact stars, heavy ion collisions, as well as phase transitions in the early universe, while the methods I use most frequently range from perturbation theory to effective theories and the gauge/gravity duality. I am also interested in the application of the same techniques to other physical settings, such as low-energy nuclear physics, condensed matter systems and (beyond) the Standard Model phenomenology.