Dr. Maria Pervolaraki is a Research Associate in the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser at FORTH since November 2018. She received her Master in Physics with Honours (MPhys) in Applied Physics with Laser Technology (2001), her Postgraduate Diploma in Research Training (2004) and her Ph.D. in Physics (2006) from the University of Hull, UK. She has worked as post-doctoral and research associate in several national and international projects in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Cyprus and as a Senior Research Consultant in ALTER ECO SOLUTIONS. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications in the field of laser-matter interactions. Her main interests are laser ablation, laser micromachining, short pulse laser-matter interactions at high repetition rates, laser assisted growth of complex, functional thin films and nanostructures using Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD), Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) technique, and Picosecond Ultrafast Pulsed Laser Deposition (UFPLD) for various applications in microelectronics, photonics, energy harvesting and medicine. Currently, she is focussed on Laser Materials Synthesis using amongst other techniques, ultrafast laser reduction and patterning of graphene-like materials and laser sintering of metals and dielectrics.