Titos Matsakos

Research Associate

Contact details

Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of Chicago
5640 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637, USA





Research Interests

  • Exoplanets:
    • Star-planet interactions
  • Star formation:
    • Stellar/disk jets and outflows
    • Accretion shocks and cooling instabilities
  • Other:
    • Relativistic jets
    • Numerical methods

The research work of T.M. is focused on magneto-hydrodynamic numerical simulations of astrophysical plasmas. He is currently modeling star-planet interactions in extra-solar systems, whereas previously he has studied accretion and outflow processe in young stars.

Work experience

T.M. is a Research Associate (2014-) at the University of Chicago, USA, working in the group of prof. A. Koenigl. He obtained his Ph.D. (2005-2008) from the University of Turin, Italy, and has been also employed as a post-doctoral researcher (2012-2013) at the French Commission of Atomic Energy (CEA) in Paris, France.

Apart from Astrophysics, during the years 2009-2011 T.M. served in the armed forces of Greece, obtained a M.Sc. in Business, and worked in finance (Algorithmic Trading).

Fellowships, teaching experience, and other skills

T.M. has received 3 fellowships and a European research grant (45k€), whereas he has been the PI of several successful proposals for computational time in major French and US clusters. As a graduate student, he has contributed in the development of the PLUTO code (non-ideal MHD effects), and has been a member of the local organizing committees of two international conferences. While in Paris, T.M. acquired teaching experience in Magneto-hydrodynamics and Plasma Kinetic Theory.