Igor completed his undergraduate and Masters degree in 2016 at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. During this time, he performed NMR research on ionic conductors, spin-liquid candidates and irradiated graphite in the group of Prof. M. Požek.
He obtained his PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2020 as a member of the IMPRS programme with the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany, under the joint supervision of Profs. P. D. King and A. P. Mackenzie. His research switched to ARPES experiments and the study of electronic phases in quantum materials brought on by the combination of spin-orbit coupling, crystalline symmetry and electronic interactions.
He later moved to the Quantum Matter Institute at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he worked with Prof. A. Damascelli as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the MPI-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials and a Mitacs Accelerate Fellow jointly with the Canadian Light Source synchrotron facility.
As of September 2023, Igor is part of the academic staff at the Condensed Matter group of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Birmingham, as well as research staff at the Diamond Light Source synchrotron. In this joint appointment, he is leading a research programme into the electronic structure of quantum materials and developing capabilities for in-situ strain-tuning at the synchrotron beamlines.