Born in Greece, Athina graduated from the University of Athens in 2011 with 1st Class Honours in Chemistry. Under the supervision of Marinos Pitsikalis, she developed her independent undergraduate research project into her first publication. In 2013, Athina received the EPSRC Transatlantic fellowship, which enabled her to conduct research at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Ph.D. entitled “Shining a Light on Copper Mediated Living Radical Polymerization: Maximizing End-Group Fidelity” in 2014 at the University of Warwick as part of the Haddleton polymer group. Before joining CNSI, Athina served as a joint research fellow with Monash University in Australia. Athina arrived at UCSB in January 2016 to join the Hawker research group.