I was born in Athens (Greece) in 1975 and studied chemistry at Université Paris XI. In 1999, I moved to Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg were I did my PhD under the guidance of Dr C. Mioskowski and in 2001, I joined Rhodia Chirex Inc. (Boston, USA) for an 18 months compulsory military service during which I worked on various palladium- and copper-catalyzed aryl bond formation processes in collaboration with Pr S. L. Buchwald (MIT). After a first postdoc with Pr A. C. Spivey at Imperial College (London, UK) working in the field of asymmetric organocatalysis, I joined Pr K. C. Nicolaou’s group at The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA). There, I was involved in the synthesis of new epothilone B analogues and on the total synthesis of vannusal A. In 2005, I joined the CNRS as a permanent researcher in the group of Pr. J. Cossy (ESPCI Paris, France) and was promoted to Director in 2015. The same year, I accepted a Reader position at Queen Mary University of London where my group is interested in the development of new synthetic tools and their application in natural product synthesis.