At the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) of Erlangen, I studied physics (specialising on condensed matter physics, with minor subject geology/mineralogy), where I received my diploma (master's degree) with distinction in 2005. I was awarded the "Max-Schaldach" price for one of the three best master thesis at FAU in the academic year 2005/06. Afterwards, I decided to pursue my doctoral studies in the field of computational astrophysics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University and at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching/Munich. As a postdoctoral researcher, I have been working with Dr. De Lucia at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, Italy (2011-2014), and with Prof. Charlot at the Institute d’Astrophysique de Paris, France (2014-2018). In 2018, I won a half-year guest professorship at the University of Vienna. From April 2019 to February 2022, I have been working as an assistant professor at DARK/Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. In 2020/21 I was awarded a permanent researcher position at INAF/Observatory of Trieste and a SNF-PRIMA research grant (1.3 million Euros).


Since March 2022, I am appointed as a tenure track assistant professor at EPFL, leading the laboratory for galaxy evolution and spectral modelling.

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  • Tenure track Assistant Professorship at EPFL

  • PRIMA group research grant (1.3 million Euros for 5 years) at EPFL/Geneve Observatory, awarded by SNF

  • Permanent Researcher Position at INAF/Observatory of Trieste

  • Gliese fellowship (Heidelberg U.)

  • DARK/DAWN fellowships (Copenhagen U.)

  • Feodor-Lynen fellowship (Humboldt foundation)

  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence (European Commission)


2007 - 2011: Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich and MPE  PhD degree in Astrophysics

2000 - 2006: Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen Diploma/Master in Physics.

1991 - 2000: Ostendorfer Gymnasium High school degree (Abitur).


2019 - 2022: Assistant Professor, DARK, NBI, University of Copenhagen

2018 - 2019: Guest Professor Institute for Astronomy, University of Vienna

2014 - 2018: Postdoctoral Researcher Institute d'Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS

2011 - 2014: Postdoctoral Researcher Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, INAF