I am an astrophysicist working on the dynamics, formation and evolution of disc galaxies, based at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, in Garching, Germany. I use theoretical tools, such as isolated and cosmological N-body+hydrodynamic simulations and orbital structure theory, to interpret observations of galaxies like our own Milky Way. I'm particularly interested in the dark matter problem, and in connecting the detailed dynamical processes occurring in galaxies with the wider cosmological context. For more details have a look at the Research tabs and my publication list on ADS. Before moving to MPA I was a postdoc at GEPI, Observatoire de Paris (2016-2017), and before that I obtained my PhD (2012-2015) at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille under the supervision of Lia Athanassoula and Albert Bosma.
One of the many reasons science communication is important, is sharing the perspective that astronomy imparts us with, which I believe can play a role in achieving a fairer and more sustainable society. In this spirit, I founded and coordinate the award-winning project "Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace" , which uses astronomy as a tool for peace and diplomacy. The project is funded by the International Astronomical Union's Office of Astronomy for Development, the United Nations Peace-keeping force in Cyprus and MPA. You can read more about Columba and the various other projects I'm involved with in the Outreach tab.