Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, the University of Cambridge, recently having completed my PhD supervised by Dr Renske Smit and Prof Roberto Maiolino. I am part of the Galaxy Formation and Evolution group (led by Prof Roberto Maiolino), which is affiliated with both the Kavli Institute for Cosmology and Cavendish Laboratory.
My research interests include galaxy formation and evolution in the early Universe: how the first stars and galaxies were formed, and how they subsequently brought about the Reionisation of the Universe, a major phase transition that turned the neutral Universe back to a (mostly) ionised state.
General introduction to extragalactic astronomy
The cosmos reveals a hierarchy of structures, where smaller building blocks are combined to form larger ones. One of these cosmological building blocks is a galaxy. To be able to introduce extragalactic astronomy, and to learn what is our place in the cosmos, we start with the concept of galaxies. The question of what we define to be a galaxy is easiest to answer if we start at a place we all know: planet Earth.
My research interests mainly revolve around galaxy formation and evolution in the early Universe: how the first stars and galaxies were formed, how they subsequently started forming elements heavier than hydrogen and helium, and how they brought about the Reionization of the Universe, a major phase transition that turned the neutral Universe back to a (mostly) ionised state.