Klaountia Pasmatsiou is a graduate student in physics at Case Western Reserve University

Meet Theory Girl Klaountia

Klaountia Pasmatsiou is an Albanian/Greek graduate student in the Physics department at Case Western Reserve University. Her main research interests involve mathematical relativity and the self force problem. By the 2030's, the space-based gravitational detector LISA will be launched to detect GWs of much lower frequencies than those currently heard by LIGO. One of its primary targets is the ``Extreme-Mass-Ratio-Inspiral’’ systems (small body orbiting a larger central mass). Hence, she is looking for practical schemes to compute its waveforms, with the associated self-force effects incorporated. She is also interested in problems related to dark matter and dark energy. And lately, she has been particularly interested in the black hole information loss problem.


Klaountia grew up on the island of Salamis, Greece. Before she joined Case Western, Klaountia obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She plays an active role in encouraging women in the department by mentoring younger female graduate students, giving them advice on how to handle the demands of the first year in graduate school. In 2017, Klaountia and her officemate Laura organized the first Women’s March on Cleveland, with more than 15,000 people attending. When she is not pondering about the big mysteries of the universe, Klaountia spends her time watching movies (science fiction mostly) and documentaries or eating cookies and ice cream (candy lover here!).