Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Sidney Sussex College and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, the University of Cambridge, under Prof Roberto Maiolino and Dr Sandro Tacchella. I am part of the Galaxy Formation and Evolution group, which is affiliated with both the Kavli Institute for Cosmology and Cavendish Laboratory.

My research interests revolve around 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.

I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge with Dr Renske Smit and Prof Roberto Maiolino. Before starting my PhD, I was at the Institute of Astronomy for the Master of Advanced Study in Astrophysics. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Leiden, studying Physics and Astronomy (for more details, see my CV).

Personal life

Outside of astronomy, I enjoy sports and being outdoors. I’ve played baseball since I was 5, started rowing at university and have since picked up cycling as well. More leisurely, I could often be found cycling through the flat polders of the Netherlands. Having joined Cambridge University’s cycling club, I’ve adapted to the slightly less flat fens around Cambridgeshire. And as for hillier landscapes, I’ve found the UK is also great for hiking!

Outside of my studies to become a professional astronomer, I also enjoy stargazing as an amateur astronomer. At the Old Observatory in Leiden, I learnt to operate the historical six-inch, ten-inch, and photographic double refractor telescopes (dating back to 1838), as well as being involved in outreach as tour guide and museum custodian. Read more if you would like to learn more about (extragalactic) astronomy!