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I am a doctoral student at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg.
My research focuses on the observation of planet formation in protoplanetary disks, employing multiple wavelengths. This page provides an overview about myself and my research - check it out!

About me

I grew up in Munich, Germany, where I studied Physics and earned my Bachelor's degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in 2013. I then moved to Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, to do my Master studies, part of which I spent as an ERASMUS fellow at Université Grenoble Alpes, France. I started astronomical research in 2015 with my Master's project supervised by Dr. Anne-Marie Lagrange at the Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG), searching for giant planets around young stars using the Radial Velocity technique. Since November 2016, I am a PhD student at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, working with Prof. Dr. Thomas Henning, Dr. Roy van Boekel and Dr. Myriam Benisty, and became a fellow of the IMPRS School for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics.


My research focuses on the observations of direct and indirect traces of planet formation in protoplanetary disks at multiple wavelengths. I am using the SPHERE instrument to catch the thermal emission from planets in the near-infrared, and map the distribution of small grains in the disks through polarimetric imaging. On the long-wavelength end, I employ ALMA to observe the complementary distribution of large grains within the disks, and to study the disk kinematics through molecular lines. In 2018, we have detected the first bona-fide direct image of a planet forming within the gap of a disk with SPHERE, PDS 70 b. In a recent follow-up work, we have investigated the disk structure and kinematics of the protoplanetary system PDS 70 using ALMA.