|Athina Anastasaki was born and raised in Athens, Greece and obtained her B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Athens. She then commenced her PhD studies at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Prof. Dave Haddleton and graduated in late 2014 with the Jon Weaver award for the best PhD in polymer chemistry in the UK. In early 2015, she accepted a Monash-Warwick research fellow position between the Pharmaceutical department at Monash University and the University of Warwick, jointly supervised by Prof. Thomas Davis and Prof. Dave Haddleton. She then received an Elings Fellowship, followed by a Global Marie Curie Fellowship, to conduct research alongside Prof. Craig Hawker at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since January 2019, she is an Assistant Professor at ETH and her group focuses on fundamental polymer synthesis and self-assembly predominantly in the area of controlled radical polymerisation. Athina has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has been the recipient of the ERC starting Grant, the Hanwha-Total IUPAC Young Scientist Award, the Polymers Young Investigator Award and the Golden Owl award, which is in recognition of outstanding faculty teaching. Athina also currently serves as an Associate Editor for Polymer Chemistry. More details about Athina’s lab can be found here https://polymeric.mat.ethz.ch/
You can follow Athina on Twitter @AthinaAnastasa1 and her lab group @AnastasakiLab
Read Athina’s Emerging Investigator article, ‘The effect of surface-active statistical copolymers in low-energy miniemulsion and RAFT polymerization’
Check out our interview with Athina below:
1. How do you feel about Polymer Chemistry as a place to publish research on this topic?
I am very excited about publishing our work in Polymer Chemistry and it has always been a very pleasant experience as, even for the negative decisions, the Editors always treat you with respect and professionalism.
2. Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with early career scientists?
What has helped me a lot is asking for support every time I need it without worrying about appearing weak. Finding one (or two) mentors and/or an academic friend makes a huge difference.