Ali Övgün

AS246, Physics Department,
Eastern Mediterranean University
- 99628 Gazimağusa, KKTC via MERSIN 10 - Turkey
31 years old

Assistant Professor of Physics

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​Brief Biography

Dr. Övgün graduated from  Girne 19 Mayıs Türk Maarif Koleji in 2005.  He attended İzmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH), Turkey as an undergraduate, earning a B.Sc. in Physics in 2010 under the advisor of Prof. Dr. Durmuş Ali Demir.  He spent a year at the  University of Southampton, England, to gain experience in astroparticle physics via SEPnet Ph.D. Scholarships in 2011. He  then returned to Eastern  Mediterranean University (EMU), North Cyprus, to complete his M.Sc. in 2013 and Physics in 2016 under the supervisor of Prof. Dr. Mustafa Halilsoy and Prof. Dr. İzzet Sakallı. He was thereafter awarded a FONDECYT Postdoctorado 2017- Grant  to continue his research for 3 years at the Instituto de Física, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), Valparaíso, Chile as a Postdocs researcher. 

Academic Experiences

Dr. Övgün’s academic posts have also included:  

*A short-term visitor at TH Division, Physics Department, CERN Switzerland in October 2017; 

*Research Visitor of Prof. Robert B. Mann at Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo ; Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics,  Canada during  January-February 2018;

*Research Visitor of Prof. Douglas Singleton at California State University, Fresno in April 2018;

*Research Visitor of Prof. Leonard Susskind at Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics in  April-May 2018;

 *Attended to the school of Prospects in Theoretical Physics 2018 From Qubits to Spacetime (PITP2018) at The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey, USA in July 2018.

He is an assistant professor at Eastern  Mediterranean University, North Cyprus.

He is a member of American Physical Society (APS), Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP),  European Physical Society (EPS) , Southeastern European Network in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics (SEENET-MTP) and American Mathematical Society (AMS).



Ali Övgün is a theoretical physicist and works on general relativity, cosmology and astroparticle physics. This is a vast topic which touches upon many different parts of physics from quarks to universe. He is interested in questions that provide us with information about the foundations of physics.
He is studying this relationship further in order to understand the deep connection between black holes and quantum information.  Over the years, He has studied aspects of general relativity related to black holes, wormholes, compact stars, quasi-normal modes, black hole's thermodynamics, Hawking radiation, cosmology, inflation, gravitational lensing, complexity, modified gravity theories, AdS/CFT, and holography. 

 He try to address a number of interesting questions in physics, such as:
-Is it possible that the Big Bang could be replaced with a wormhole at the beginning of time?
-Is it possible to create a traversable wormhole?
-How can quantum effects be included in black hole/wormhole thermodynamics?
-What happens at the edge of a Black Hole or inside a Black hole?
-Could Our Universe Be A Hologram? or How Many Dimensions In The Holographic Universe?
-Why is the universe expanding at an accelerating rate?
-How are Brain Cells Like Little Universes? so on...

Professional Experiences

Postdoctoral Researcher

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Since February 2017
Valparaiso - Chile


Visiting Assist. Prof. Dr.

Eastern Mediterranean University

Since September 2018
Famagusta - Cyprus

Visiting Faculty Member of Arts and Science Faculty, Physics Department

Part-Time Physics Instructor

Eastern Mediterranean University

From September 2016 Till May 2017
Famagusta - Cyprus

Research Assistant

at Eastern Mediterranean University

From September 2011 Till July 2016
Famagusta, Northern Cyprus - Cyprus

Educational Background

Ph.D in Physics

Eastern Mediterranean University,N. Cyprus

July 2016



Master of Science in Physics

Eastern Mediterranean University,N. Cyprus

February 2013



Bachelor of Science in Physics

Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Physics

July 2010
Izmir - Turkey

CGPA: 3.28/4.00 With honors degree and graduated from undergrad as the 2nd. best student.


19 Mayis Turk Maarif Koleji, Girne, Northern Cyprus

July 2005
TRNC - Cyprus

Majored in Science and Mathematics, with high honors

CGPA: 8.6 / 10






   General Relativity, Wormholes, Black holes, Gravitational Lensing, Hawking Radiation, Cosmology, Quasinormal modes



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