• The University of Western Australia (M468), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • M468
    35 Stirling Highway
    Crawley

    Australia

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Biography

I am an astrophysicist at the UWA node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research and the Head of the International Space Centre. I currently hold a Future Fellowship of the Australian Research Council.

I was born and raised in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. After graduating in theoretical physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland) and the Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, US), I obtained my PhD in extragalactic astrophysics at the University of Oxford (UK) in 2009. Subsequently, I spent two years in the private industry before joining ICRAR/UWA as a faculty member in 2011.

My primary research focus lies in extragalactic astrophysics, using a combination of analytical, computational and observational tools. I am also passionately committed to experimental research in microgravity and have served as a mission specialist on over 450 parabolic flight manoeuvres aboard the Airbus zero-g with the European Space Agency ESA.

Privately, I enjoy a family life with three lovely boys.

Languages

English, German (Swiss), French

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research expertise keywords

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Cosmology
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Microgravity
  • Physics

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