Christos Likos studied Electrical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. After his Diploma in 1988, he pursued graduate studies in Physics at Cornell University, from where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1993. Afterwards, he was Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Munich, European Communities Fellow at the University of Trieste, Research Fellow at the Jülich Research Center and Heisenberg Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He was appointed Professor of Physics at the University of Düsseldorf in 2003 and Professor at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna in 2010, where he currently also serves as Vice- Dean of the Faculty. He has held guest professorships and long-term research visits in various Universities, including Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Rome La Sapienza. His research topics focus on structure, phase behavior and dynamics of condensed soft matter -- the state of matter comprising colloids, polymers, membranes and living matter.