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I am a theoretical astrophysicist interested in the formation and evolution of structure in the Universe, in particular galaxies and clusters of galaxies. My main research focus are the effects of supermassive black holes on galaxy formation, and the co-evolution of both though cosmic time.
My work is largely based on numerical simulations. I am interested in improving modeling techniques and applying them to large scale simulations on supercomputers, as well as in connecting these simulations to both, analytical models and observations at all wavelengths.
2023 – present
Junior Research Group Leader, Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
2021 – 2023
Postdoctoral fellow, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
Toronto, ON, Canada
2018 – 2021
ITC postdoctoral fellow, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Cambridge, MA, USA
Ph.D. Student, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies
Multi-phase gases in astrophysics
Diffuse gas in and around galaxies can exist in a multi-phase state: cold gas clouds embedded in a hotter, volume filling medium. I am particularly interested in ways to model these states in computer simulations of galaxy formation
without spatially resolving the clouds.
Cosmological galaxy formation
Starting out with initial state in the early universe, I am interested in the physical processes needed to reproduce observed present-day galaxies. We perform large-scale computer simulations to make these predictions.
Black hole driven jets in galaxy clusters
How do collimated, energetic outflows driven by black holes in the center of galaxy clusters affect the intra-cluster gas and ultimately the rate of star formation in the central cluster galaxy