Professor of Theoretical Physics
University of Helsinki
Short bio and cv
I obtained my PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Helsinki in January 2004. After a five-year postdoctoral period, including two years as a senior fellow at CERN, I relocated to Bielefeld University, where I led a research group funded by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation until 2013. At that time, I returned to the Department of Physics of the University of Helsinki to work as an Academy Research Fellow and to lead one of the theory projects at
the Helsinki Institute of Physics. Since 2017 I have worked first as an associate and then full professor of theoretical particle physics, with my research group 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 study include neutron-star cores and 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 heavy-ion collisions, nuclear physics, and (beyond the) Standard Model phenomenology.