Dr. K. Skenderis (1970) has been appointed Professor of Theoretical Physics, specialising in String Theory and the Quantum Theory of Gravity, at the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
Kostas Skenderis conducts research in string theory, cosmology and black holes. Fundamental questions about the origin of the cosmos and the laws of physics underlying phenomena from the very small (the physics of elementary particles) to the very big (the structure of our Universe) call for new ideas combining quantum theory with Einstein's theory of gravity.
Skenderis has worked on developing holography, a radical new idea about the nature of our Universe. In the holographic viewpoint our three dimensional world has an underlying description in one dimension less, providing a dramatically different view of the cosmos in which one of the dimensions that we perceive in everyday life and gravity itself are both emergent phenomena.
Skenderis has worked since 2003 as associate professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics of the UvA. Before that he was as Assistant Professor at Princeton University (United States) and as a researcher at Utrecht University and the KU Leuven. In 2001 he received a grant as part of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme and in 2009, he received a Vici grant, both from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).