Dr. Maria Kotlyar graduated from Samara State University, Russia in 2001. She obtained her PhD in physics in the field of photonic crystals from the University of St Andrews, Scotland in 2005.
Maria continued her research at the University of St Andrews as a Postdoctoral researcher for several years before taking a carrier break to raise her children.
On moving to Ireland, she won a Marie-Skladowska Curie fellowship on entangle photon pair generation and started working in April 2018 at the Centre of Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA), CIT.
Maria is currently working in the field of nanophotonics and uses the state-of-the-art fabrication facilities at Tyndall and the advanced characterisation labs at CAPPA to carry out her research.
Maria is also involved in another EU funded project OPTIPHI which is a double-doctorate involving 5 European institutes and 14 PhD students, 8 of which will be registered at MTU. The work for this project is focusing on developing optical sensors for environmental sensing, agri-food analysis and industrial food monitoring.