I am Associate Professor in Astrophysics and Rutherford Fellow at the
University of Exeter, UK.
Before that, I held appointments as NASA Sagan fellow at the
University of Michigan and as
SMA fellow at the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
I received my Ph.D. from the
University of Bonn and my M.Sc. from the
University of Massachusetts.
My research focuses on high-angular resolution studies related to star and planet formation. Using infrared interferometers such as VLTI, CHARA, and ALMA, I investigate the inner regions of protoplanetary disks and study the mass accretion and ejection processes taking place close to the forming star. Using these observations, I constrain the structure and physical conditions in the sub-AU inner disk regions and investigate where planets are forming in the disk and how they interact with the disk material.
I also serve as President for the Science Council of the European Interferometry Initiative (EII) and as
Project Scientist for the Planet Formation Imager (PFI) project.