Alexandros Gezerlis

Alexandros Gezerlis

Associate Professor and Colloquium Coordinator

Contact Information

Telephone: 519-824-4120 x56755


Office: MacN 219

Online: Research Page


I got my undegraduate degree (Diploma) from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 2003. I joined the graduate program in Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign the same year, receiving a MSc degree in 2005. Starting in 2006, I did research at the Theoretical Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory, completing my PhD in 2009.

Professional Experience

I was a Research Associate in the Nuclear Theory Group of the department of Physics at the University of Washington, Seattle from 2009 to 2012. In May 2012 I moved to Germany to spend a year at the ExtreMe Matter Institute EMMI and the Institute of Nuclear Physics at TU Darmstadt as a Senior Postdoc and Herzberg Fellow. My appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph began in the summer of 2013.

Professional Activities & Awards

I was included in the University of Illinois "Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students" every semester I taught (2003 & 2004). I also got the Jordan S. Asketh Award from the department of Physics (2005) and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi (2007).

In 2011 I co-organized a 10-week Institute for Nuclear Theory Program on "Fermions From Cold Atoms to Neutron Stars". I have been functioning as a referee for a number of journals, including Physical Review Letters and Physical Review A & C. I have also been a Principal Investigator (2010-) on projects awarded millions of CPU hours at the (US) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center and at the Juelich Supercomputing Center.

In 2013, I was awarded the Inaugural Herzberg 5-Year Fellowship at TU Darmstadt.

Research Activities

My area of research is quantum many-body theory, with an emphasis on fermions. My work spans the gamut from ultracold atomic gases to terrestrial nuclei, and on to the astrophysical objects known as neutron stars: from a peV scale up to MeVs. This includes two distinct fields of physics (nuclear and atomic) as well as two separate subfields of nuclear physics (nuclear structure and nuclear astrophysics).

The thread that unifies all these subjects is a focus on fermionic many-body theory, combined with an abiding interest in the observational and experimental grounding of such theoretical constructs. The systems I study are strongly interacting. Thus, I use microscopic simulation methods on modern supercomputers, along with more phenomenological approaches, to predict or postdict interesting physics.