Here is a link to my CV in pdf format (last updated: February 2021).

Summary

Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, Germany, in the group of Fabian Schneider.

I completed my PhD at the Anton Pannekoek Institute in the BinCosmos group led by Selma de Mink, with Stephen Justham as a co-advisor.

My PhD work focused on understanding the late-time evolution, death, and after-life of “stripped stars”, massive stars that have lost their outer layers due to interactions in binary systems. To this end, I performed numerical simulations with MESA and SNEC. I am also interested in developing computing tools for astrophysics. Tools I have developed or am currently developing include a real-time monitor of the activity of Be X-ray binaries, and TULIPS, the Tool for Understanding the Lives, Interiors, and Physics of Stars. Learn more about these in the computing tools section.

Before I began my PhD, I completed a Bachelor of Science and then a Master of Science degree in physics at the University of Tübingen, Germany. I specialized in the field of high energy astrophysics and focused on understanding the properties of accreting X-ray pulsars and Be X-ray binaries. I completed my Bachelor thesis at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), in Madrid, Spain, during a three months traineeship. During my Master’s thesis, I had the privilege to visit the MAXI team laboratory in RIKEN, Wako-shi, Japan, for an extended stay of 9 months.

For my research projects, I had the opportunity to work at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan in Tokyo, Japan (2019), at the Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik in Tübingen, Germany (2013-2017), at RIKEN, near Tokyo, Japan (2016), and at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Madrid, Spain (Summers 2014 and 2015).