Welcome!I am an astronomy PhD student and fellow of the International Max Planck Research School on Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS). I work in the Galactic Nuclei Group (Nadine Neumayer) at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg. Previously, I obtained a bachelor's and a master's degree in physics at the University of Heidelberg. During my undergraduate studies I spent time at the European Southern Observatory in Chile and the Space Telescope Science Institue in Baltimore, USA.
My research focuses on observational studies of globular clusters. For this I use various telescopes and instruments to obtain high-precision proper motion measurements of the individual stars in the cluster and to understand their dynamics.
Furthermore, I am interested in the the development of novel astronomical instrumentation. During my PhD I participated in the developement and construction of the SDSS-V Local Volume Mapper (LVM), a novel wide-field integral field spectroscopy survey instrument, working with Tom Herbst and the LVM collaboration. This instrument recently celebrated a very succesful first light and survey operations have begun.
In October 2023 I joined the METIS project, the mid-infrared imager and spectrograph for the future Extremely Large Telescope.
For details you may take a look at the RESEARCH section or CONTACT me directly.