Welcome. I am an astrophysicist currently based in Pasadena, California at the Carnegie Observatories and the Cahill institute for astronomy at Caltech supported through one of NASA’s Einstein Fellowships. I just moved from Baltimore, Maryland, were I have been a Hubble Fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) . You are currently visiting my research website where I intend to report about recent papers and results.
My main expertise is computation modeling of the evolution and final fate of (populations of) stars and the impact of rotation and the presence of a nearby binary companion. My work is primarily computational, but I lead and am closely involved in observing programs with the Hubble Space Telescope, the European Very Large Telescope and the Canadian-Hawaiian-French Telescope.
I was born and raised in the Netherlands, where I obtained my doctorate degree at the former Astronomical Institute of the University at Utrecht. I held short term positions at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in Spain as summer trainee and at the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie (AIfA) at the University of Bonn in Germany as a postdoctoral fellow. I moved to the United States in 2010.