Welcome to my personal website!
I'm cosmologist at Heidelberg University, where I work mainly on exploring the fundamental properties of dark matter, dark energy, the expansion dynamics and the first structures in our Universe, with the help of galaxy clusters and gravitational lensing. Together with my collaborators, I am developing new physical methods, data analysis algorithms and modelling approaches that help better understanding the cluster population in order to solve key questions of cosmology at various frontiers. I like combining methodic knowledge and ideas from different areas or disciplines, and feeding them with the best available observables, to connect all of it into an innovative whole. For this goal, the stimulating research environment of Heidelberg has been extraordinarily beneficial and I had the privilege to have learned and exchanged ideas with numerous leading experts in the field of astronomy and theoretical physics.(see Research for more details on these projects)
Apart from my research, I am highly interested and active in promoting scientific exchange both among, across and beyond institutes; and communicating scientific research to the interested public. I am (co-)organising a joint research seminar on current topics in physics & cosmology between three different institutes (ITA, ITP, ARI), which has become part of the course program at Heidelberg University. In my free time, I give public talks and develop a blog on science communication that is currently under construction. The blog project will focus on explaining advanced science topics to a broad audience, showing interconnections between subjects, and linking different pieces of knowledge together into a meaningful whole.
My second big passion consists in graphics design, computers and combining the world of multimedia with software algorithms. A piece of art and a computer program can both be seen as different forms of communication. Communication follows certain rules and requires an integration of concepts and tools to be successful and convey messages. Understanding and engineering these concepts and tools is one of my big interests. I have professional experience in the field of digital image processing and video production, where I was able to contribute to several projects.
My further interests include arts, philosophy and politics. I like painting, playing guitar, reading books, cooking and enjoying good food. :-)
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