CURRICULUM VITAE

CSH Research Fellow

Centre for Space and Habitability, University of Bern, Switzerland

Research
Interests​​
  • Direct detection and characterisation of giant exoplanets and brown dwarfs.

  • Statistics and demographics of low-mass binaries and substellar populations.

  • Formation and evolution of planetary and hierarchical systems.

  • High-resolution imaging and astrometry with ground and space-based observations.

Education

​Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, UK

PhD in Astronomy.

Department of Physics, Imperial College London, UK

MSci in Physics.

European School of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

European Baccalaureate.

June 2019

July 2015

June 2011

Research Experience

Center for Space and Habitability, University of Bern, Switzerland

CSH Prize Fellowship.

 

​Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, UK

PhD Research Project. Supervisor: Dr Beth Biller​.

​​Brown Dwarfs and Giant Exoplanets: Bridging Observations and Theory with
Statistical Methods.

Department of Physics, Imperial College London, UK

Masters Research Project. Supervisor: Dr Ingo Mueller-Wodarg.

Refining General Circulation Models of Titan’s Upper Atmosphere with Cassini Data.


Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, ULB, Belgium

Summer Internship. Supervisor: Prof Sophie Van Eck.

​Radial Velocities and Orbits of Binary Stars with the HERMES Spectrograph.​

2019 − now

2015 − 2019

2014 − 2015

June 2013

 Awarded Observing  Time

Hubble Space Telescope

  • PI, 26 Orbits (GO Program, WFC3)

  • PI, 33 Orbits (GO Program, WFC3)

  • PI, 2 Orbits (GO Program, WFC3)

European Southern Observatory

  • co-PI, 4 hours (VLT / SPHERE)

  • co-PI, 10 hours (VLT / SPHERE)

  • PI, 4.5 hours (VLT / NACO)

Gemini Observatory

  • co-PI, 4.4 hours (Genimi North / GNIRS)

  • PI, 4 hours (Gemini North / NIRI)

 

Cycle 28

Cycle 25

Cycle 24

Period 102

Period 100

Period 99

2021A

2017B

Grants
and Awards

Winton Astronomy Thesis Prize 2019
Award from Winton Capital Management.

 

Principal’s Go Abroad Fund, University of Edinburgh, UK

£350 Conference Travel Grant.

SUPA Early Career Researcher Short-Term Visit Scheme

£2500 grant for 5-week visit to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (MD, USA).

Physics and Astronomy Poster Competition, University of Edinburgh, UK

First prize winner.

Sept 2020

 

April 2019

May 2018

Oct 2017

Selected
Talks

Invited Seminar

Astronomy Colloquium, University of Michigan, MI, USA.

 

Invited Seminar

CENTRA Seminars, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Invited Seminar

Leicester Astrophysics Seminars, University of Leicester, UK.

Invited Seminar

Exeter Astrophysics Seminars, University of Exeter, UK.

Invited Seminar

CSH Seminar, Center for Space and Habitability, Bern, Switzerland.

Contributed Talk

Extreme Solar Systems IV Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Invited Seminar

ROE Colloquium, Royal Observatory of Edinburgh, UK.

Contributed Talk

SPHERE General Science meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Invited Seminar

Extrasolar Planets Seminar, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, DC, USA.

Contributed Talk

Chesapeake Bay Area Exoplanet Meeting, Carnegie DTM, MD, USA.

Invited Seminar

Astronomy Seminars, Stockholm University, Sweden.

 Contribute Talk

11th GAPS Progress Meeting, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.

Invited Seminar

INAF Seminar, Osservatorio di Padova, Italy.

 

 

 

Feb 2021

Dec 2020

Nov 2020

Aug 2020

Oct 2019

Aug 2019

 

Oct 2018

 

Oct 2018

 

May 2018

 

May 2018

 

Feb 2018

 

Nov 2017

 

Nov 2017

 Workshops and Summer  Schools

University of Liege, Belgium

Exoplanets Orbits & Dynamics Workshop.

Lorentz Center, Leiden, The Netherlands

Tackling the Complexities of Substellar Objects.

Imperial College London, UK
ICIC Data Analysis Workshop.


French National Program of Stellar Physics (PNPS), France

High Angular Resolution Imaging Workshop of the Evry Schatzman School.

University of Santa Cruz, California, USA

Other World Laboratories (OWL) Summer Program.

 

Jan 2021

Feb 2020

Sept 2018

Sept 2017

July 2017

Teaching Experience

University of Edinburgh, UK
 Teaching Assistant in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Leading tutorials, workshops and lab sessions for undergraduate courses.

  • Tutor: Discovering Astronomy, Introductory Astrophysics, Stellar Evolution.

  • Demonstrator: Scientific Programming and Data Analysis, Computer Simulations, Observational Astronomy, Telescope Group project.

 

2015 − 2019

Outreach
Activities

HEPAC Club, Women and Girls in Astronomy event, Morocco

Public lecture on brown dwarfs.

France Culture, La Méthode Scientifique, France

Radio Interview about brown dwarfs.

Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS, CQFD), Switzerland

Radio Interview about the Oph 98 discovery.

University of Bern & NCCR PlanetS, Switzerland
Writer of Press Release Article.

 

Astronomy on Tap.  Bern, Edinburgh
Event Speaker and Organiser.

 

ROE Open Days.  Royal Observatory of Edinburgh, UK

 Volunteer and outreach speaker.

Astronomy Winter Talks.  Royal Observatory Visitor Centre, Edinburgh, UK

Public lectures on brown dwarfs and exoplanets.

 

Feb 2021

Feb 2021

 

 

Jan 2021

Dec 2020

2017 − 2020

2015 − 2019

Dec 2017

Professional
Service

Review Editor
Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, Exoplanet Section.

Software developer of the SIMPLE Database

Archive for brown dwarfs and directly-imaged exoplanets. 

Referee for the AAS Journals

Astronomical Journal, Astrophysical Journal Letters.

2020 − now

2020 − now

2019 − now

Gesellschaftsstrasse 6

3012 Bern, Switzerland