I obtained my PhD in the Star and Planet formation group at ETH Zurich under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Michael R. Meyer. My thesis focused on the study of the mass distribution of companions (stars, brown dwarfs and planets) to stars. From August 2015 to August 2018, I have been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liege in Dr. Olivier Absil’s group. Since October 2018 I joined Hugues Sana’s team to work on direct imaging of massive binaries.
I have been looking for exoplanets in young circumstellar disks, taking advantage of the vector vortex coronagraph, which enables high-contrast imaging at very small inner working angles. The discovery of newborn planets, still embedded in the surrounding circumstellar disks, allows us to study the early phases of planet formation and the planet-disk interaction.
The application of the same techniques to higher mass stars enable us to explore areas in the mass-separation diagram of companions that are not covered by other methods and thus study the multiplicity properties of high mass binaries over all separation ranges.
Ph.D. in physics• January 2014
Title: The Companion Mass Function across the
Stellar and Substellar Regime.
Advisor: Prof. Dr. M.R. Meyer
M.Sc. (Physics) • April 2009
Title: A Study of the Star Formation History in the Orion Nebula Cluster.
Advisor: Prof. Dr. G. Bertin
External Advisor: Dr. M. Robberto
B.Sc. (Physics)• December 2006
Title: CMB and cosmological parameters: forecasts from future experiments in polarization.
Advisor: Prof. Dr. D. Maino
Postdoctoral Researcher • October 2018 - present
Postdoctoral Researcher • August 2015 - August 2018
Postdoctoral Researcher • February 2014 - July 2015
Ph.D. student • September 2009 - January 2014
Short-term Research Program • September 2008 - July 2009