Asimina (Melina) Kazakidi: Physics, Medicine and Aeronautics

PhD subject area: PhD in Biofluid Dynamics

PhD completion year: 2008

Current position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Previous education: MSc Engineering and Physical Science in Medicine, Imperial College London | BSc Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Alumni wisdom: You can do it! Perseverance and resilience will help you succeed

Studying at Imperial

Why did you choose to study a PhD within the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial?

World-leading research environment and supervision, excellent research topic, PhD funding.

What values from your studies have you carried into professional life/your career?

Values such as good work ethics, research integrity, responsibility and many others.

What has been the greatest benefit of achieving your PhD?

The skills learnt during my PhD, both practical and interpersonal.

What was the most interesting thing you did, saw or got involved with while at Imperial?

Engagement with different research groups, taking part in focused conferences.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Imperial?

It’s environment and location!

Career path and future goals

What are you currently doing and how has your PhD helped you achieve this?

I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde. My PhD at Imperial was recognised and contributed to me achieving this position.

What has been your greatest achievement/career highlight so far?

My Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship and first Lectureship.

What excites you most about your current area of work?

Leading research in Biofluid Mechanics and working with students.

What has your journey been since leaving Imperial?

Worked as a Postodoc and Research Fellow at Imperial College London and the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) in Greece, then Lecturer and now Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde.


What was your favourite thing about studying in London?

Being in London and Imperial College, walking through Kensington Gardens and being near wonderful museums!

On a personal note

What inspires you?

Life and nature!

In your opinion, what’s the most important quality you hold that has allowed you to succeed?

Perseverance and resilience