This is me...
Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zürich in the group of Hans Martin Schmid. Previously, I held a McLean postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, as part of the group led by Ray Jayawardhana. For my PhD Thesis I worked at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching as a fellow of the International Max-Planck Research School (IMPRS) in Munich. If you want to know more, please have a look at my CV.
My favorite area of research is the formation and early evolution of single and multiple stars in our Galaxy with particular focus on the formation of circumstellar disks and planets. To answer the important questions like "Why do stars typically form in multiples?" or "How do protostellar disks evolve?", I frequently use the power of high-angular resolution techniques at near-infrared and sub-mm wavelengths. For example (for more projects, see my research page), one of my recent projects uses deep adaptive optics photometry and precision astrometry to search for stellar and sub-stellar companions — down to planetary masses! — to stars in the young Taurus-Auriga star-forming region. My doctoral thesis, supervised by Dr. Monika Petr-Gotzens at ESO Garching and Prof. Thomas Preibisch (USM), used near-infrared observations to investigate disks around T Tauri binaries in nearby star forming regions. A copy of my thesis can be downloaded here.
Here are a few of my recent and current research projects and I invite you to see the individual sections on my research page to learn more:
- VIBES: The Visual Binary Exoplanet Survey with Sphere
- A survey of multiplicity in the 1–2 Myr-old Taurus star-forming region
- An observational study of circumstellar disk evolution of the individual components of multiple stars
- Direct imaging and spectroscopy of exoplanets