Tassos Fragos - Anastasios Fragkos Τάσος Φράγκος - Αναστάσιος Φράγκος


Welcome to my webpage! I am a theoretical and computational astrophysicist at the Geneva Observatory of the University of Geneva. My research interests include several aspects of stellar and binary evolution, and compact object (black hole and neutron star) formation, in a diverse set of galactic environments. Since stars are the main building blocks of galaxies and hence of our Universe, I am also interested in the interplay of binary stellar systems with their environments, and the feedback mechanism driven by binaries that affect and possibly determine the formation and evolution of galaxies.

After completing my PhD degree at Northwestern University on the “Formation and Evolution of X-ray Binaries”, I joined the Astronomy Department of Harvard University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics with a double prize postdoctoral fellowship. As an ITC and CfA fellow I had the opportunity to develop and pursue an independent and ambitious research program. On June 2014, I moved to the Geneva Observatory with a SNSF Ambizione fellowship, where I now hold the position of Scientific Collaborator II.

Academic Positions

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 03/2011

    Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy

    Northwestern University, USA

  • M.Sc. 07/2006

    M.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy

    Northwestern University, USA

  • B.Sc. 07/2004

    B.Sc. in Physics

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Fellowships, Honors and Awards

  • 2014-2017
    SNSF Ambizione Fellowship
    Ambizione grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution.
  • 2010-2014
    ITC Prize Fellowship
    ITC fellowships are Independent Postdoctoral Research Positions in the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. One of the primary objectives of the ITC is to integrate conceptual theory with computational modeling.
  • 2010-2014
    CfA Prize Fellowship
    CfA Postdoctoral Fellowship are ntended for recent Ph.D. recipients who do not already have extensive postdoctoral experience. One of these appointments is awarded annually  to an outstanding researcher, displaying significant promise in theory, observation, instrumentation, and/or laboratory experiment.
  • 2008-2010
    Northwestern Presidential Fellowship
    The Presidential Fellowship is funded by the President of the University. This highly competitive award is the most prestigious fellowship awarded by Northwestern University.

    Presidential Fellows are students who combine outstanding intellectual or creative ability with the capacity to play an active part in the life of the Society of Fellows—distinguished faculty members and previous Presidential Fellows. The Society creates future leaders who embrace and support Northwestern’s broad scholarship. All Presidential Fellows participate in the Society of Fellows functions

  • 2005-2006
    Gerondelis Foundation Scholarship
  • 2004-2005
    Huang Fellowship, Northwestern University
  • 2004-2005
    University Fellowship, Northwestern University