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Curriculum Vitae


  • 2002-2007: Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, Diploma thesis: Behavior of two-dimensional nematic colloidal crystals in the presence of an electric field.

  • 2007-2012: PhD, Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, PhD thesis: Liquid-Crystal Microdroplets as Optical Microresonators and Lasers
  • Positions

  • 2016-present: Research group leader at Jožef Stefan Institute

  • 2014-2019: Marie Curie fellow

  • 2016-2017: Visiting researcher at Wellman Center for Photomedicine: Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

  • 2013-2016: Research fellow at Wellman Center for Photomedicine: Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

  • 2012-2013: Postdoc position at Jožef Stefan Institute.

  • 2007-2012: PhD position at Jožef Stefan Institute, field of work: whispering-gallery modes, microcavities, spherical Bragg lasers, liquid crystals, fluorescence, lasers and optical tweezing.

  • 2007-2009: Co-founder and co-owner of DaVinci ltd., London, trading on stock markets.

  • 2005-2009: Co-founder and co-owner of CRG d.o.o. company (former Forex Dream Team), development of automated trading strategies for Foreign exchange.

  • 2006-2007: Working for the diploma thesis at Jožef Stefan Institute. Field of work: Assembly of 2D nematic colloidal crystals using laser tweezers.

  • 2005: Working as an undergraduate student. Field of work: Development of atomic force microscope technique for measuring mechanical properties of titania nanotubes.

  • Awards

  • 1st Place poster prize, Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Germany, 2016.

  • Marie Curie Reintegration Fellowship, “InjectableLasers” (H2020), 2016.

  • Personality of Primorska region - monthly selection (Osebnost Primorske), 2015.

  • Name of the week - selection by the national radio (Ime tedna, VAL202), 2015.

  • Best Poster Presentation Mentor Award, Harvard-MIT Summer Institute at MGH, 2015.

  • Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (FP7), “LIVINGLASER”, 2014.

  • Slovenian award for sustainable development, 2011.

  • Slovenian award for sustainable development, 2010.

  • A main-belt asteroid was named after me: Matjazhumar (17201)

  • Second award at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 2003.

  • Honorable Mention at the 33rd International Physics Olympiad, Bali, Indonesia, 2002.

  • National "Zois scholarship" for gifted students, 1998.