About myself

I am an Associate Professor at the Institute of Astro- and Particle Physics at the University of Innsbruck, having recently moved from the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto where I was an Assistant Professor.

I am a researcher, teacher and instrument specialist who has extensive experience as an observational astronomer, including seven years of experience as a space mission scientist at Caltech for two of the world’s leading space telescopes, Spitzer and Planck.

I am also the Programme Coordinator for AstroMundus, a 2-years Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics. In June 2017, AstroMundus was selected as a "success story" by a panel of experts from the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the Europena Commission.

My research interests include extragalactic astronomy, galaxy formation and evolution, galaxy clusters and filaments, dwarf galaxies, central massive black holes, star formation history, cosmology and general relativity, dark energy, dark matter.