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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)

Potsdam, Germany

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

Heidelberg, Germany



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.

cosmic web

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