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University of Crete, Greece
Maria Kafesaki is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Materials Science and Technology of the University of Crete and associated Researcher at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH). She obtained her Ph.D. in 1997, at the Physics Department of the University of Crete, Greece. She has worked as post-doctoral researcher in the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas in Madrid, Spain, and in IESL of FORTH. (1997-2001). Her current research is on the area of electromagnetic wave propagation in periodic and random media, with emphasis on photonic crystals and metamaterials, especially negative refractive index materials. She has around 80 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings (with ~3800 citations), she has participated in various European projects as well as in the organization of many international conferences and schools. Also she is Fellow of the Optical Society of America.