Vassilis Charmandaris obtained his BSc in Physics from the University of Thessaloniki in 1989 and his PhD in Astrophysics from Iowa State University (USA) in 1995.
He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Astrophysics Section of CEA/Saclay in France in 1996. From 1997 until 1999 he was a Marie Curie fellow at the millimeter and infrared astronomy department (DEMIRM) of Paris Observatory, where he has also been elected as Chercheur Associe since 2001. From 1999 until 2005 he was a Research Associate at the Astronomy Department of Cornell University. He joined the University of Crete as an Assistant Professor in February 2005, in 2009 he was promoted to Associate Professor, and in 2014 he became a Professor. As of September 2013 he serves as the Director of the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens.
Observational Extragalactic Astrophysics, with emphasis in Space Infrared Astronomy. He has been working mostly on problems related to the properties of the dust, molecular gas depletion, and star formation in interacting galaxies, starbursts and active galactic nuclei.