Professor of Theoretical Physics
University of Helsinki
Short bio and cv
I obtained my PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Helsinki in 2004, and thereafter worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington (2004-2007), the Technical University of Vienna (2007) and CERN (2008-2009). From Switzerland I moved to Bielefeld, where I led a research group funded by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation until 2013. At that time, I returned to the Deptartment of Physics of the University of Helsinki to work as a Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland and to lead one of the theory projects at
the Helsinki Institute of Physics. In 2017, I was appointed as an associate professor of theoretical particle physics at the Univ. of Helsinki, and in 2021 was subsequently promoted to a full professorship. My research group is funded by the Academy of Finland, the Helsinki Institute of Physics, and the European Research Council.
A relatively up-to-date cv of mine can be found from here.
My research revolves around questions related to QCD and other quantum field theories at nonzero temperature and density. The physical systems I work on include compact stars, heavy ion collisions, as well as phase transitions in the early universe, while the methods I use most frequently range from perturbative thermal field 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.