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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.

Research

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.