Dr. Maria Kandyla received her Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 2000 and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University, USA, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. She worked as a Post-doctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, from 2006 to 2008 and as a Marie Curie Fellow at the NTUA from 2008 to 2010. Since 2010 she has been working at the National Hellenic Research Foundation as Research Staff, where she is now a Senior Researcher. She has 50 publications on light-matter interaction.