ESO Scientific Staff in Garching


ESO Garching Faculty


Paola Andreani
Scientific interests:
  • Observational cosmology
  • Formation and evolution of galaxies and QSOs
  • Far infrared and submillimetric extragalactic backgrounds
Research Area(s): (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

Magda Arnaboldi
Scientific interests:
  • Diffuse stellar population in galaxy clusters & intracluster planetary nebulae
  • Galaxy and galaxy cluster formation and evolution
  • Dynamics of early-type galaxies, mass content of galaxies, polarrings, properties of dark matter haloes
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Dietrich Baade
Scientific interests:
  • Pulsations and mass loss of early type stars
  • Light atomic elements in the interstellar medium
  • Late stages of stellar evolution
Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

Jean-Philippe Berger
Scientific interests:
  • Star and planet formation
  • Accretion disks
  • Interacting binaries
  • Instrumentation research and technology
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

Andy Biggs
Scientific interests:
  • Starburst galaxies
  • Gravitational lensing
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Mark Casali
Scientific interests:
  • Star formation and young stellar evolution
  • Magnetic fields on young stars
  • Infrared instrumentation
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

Carlos De Breuck
Scientific interests:
  • High redshift radio galaxies
  • Radio and millimetre interferometry
  • Radio surveys
  • Optical spectropolarimetry

Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

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Itziar de Gregorio-Monsalvo
Scientific interests:
  • Low-mass star formation
  • Pre- and proto-brown dwarfs
  • Protoplanetary disks formation and evolution
  • Jets and molecular outflows
  • Centimeter, Millimeter and Submillimeter Astronomy: Interferometry and Single Dish techniques
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

Tim de Zeeuw
Scientific interests:
  • Formation, structure and dynamics of galaxies, including the Galaxy
  • Star clusters and OB associations
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Maria Diaz Trigo
Scientific interests:
  • X-ray binaries
  • Black holes and neutron stars
  • High-energy astrophysics
  • Accretion disc atmospheres, winds and jets
  • Ultra-luminous X-ray sources and AGN
Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

Sandro D'Odorico
Scientific interests:
  • Intergalactic medium at high redshifts
  • Primeval galaxies
Research Area(s): (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

Adam Dobrzycki
Scientific interests:
  • Quasar surveys
  • X-ray surveys
  • Quasar absorption lines
  • Computational astronomy
Research Area(s): (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

Eric Emsellem
Scientific interests:
  • Galactic dynamics
  • Early-type galaxies
  • Stellar populations
  • 3D spectroscopy
  • Numerical simulations
  • Data analysis softwares
Research Area(s): (3) Stellar Populations / (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Robert Fosbury
Scientific interests:
  • AGN
  • High z galaxies
  • Polarimetry
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Wolfram Freudling
Scientific interests:
  • Observational cosmology
  • High-redshift galaxies and quasars
  • Active Galactic Nuclei (AGNs)
  • Large Scale Structure and peculiar motion of galaxies
Research Area(s): (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

Roberto Gilmozzi
Scientific interests:
  • Novae Supernovae
  • UV astronomy
  • Future Telescopes
Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

Olivier Hainaut
Scientific interests:
  • Comets, asteroids, trans-neptunian objects
  • Surface properties and evolution of icy bodies
  • Cometary activity at large heliocentric distances
  • Ultra-deep imaging

Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

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Evanthia Hatziminaoglou
Scientific interests:
  • Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)
  • Infrared extragalactic astronomy
  • Extragalactic Surveys

Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

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Michael Hilker
Scientific interests:
  • Dwarf galaxies in galaxy clusters
  • Extragalactic globular clusters
  • Stellar populations
  • Element abundances of galactic globular clusters

Research Area(s): (3) Stellar Populations

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Christian Hummel
Scientific interests:
  • Optical and near-IR interferometry
  • Double stars and stellar evolution
  • Star formation

Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

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Liz Humphreys
Scientific interests:
  • Central Parsecs of AGN
  • High-Mass Star Formation
  • Evolved Star Mass Loss
  • Millimetre and Submillimetre Astronomy

Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution / (3) Stellar Populations / (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe


Gaitee Hussain
Scientific interests:
  • Magnetic activity in cool stars and stellar clusters
  • Optical, NIR and X-ray spectroscopy of stars and circumstellar environments
  • T Tauri and pre-main sequence stars
  • Stellar surface imaging

Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation / (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

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Rob Ivison
Scientific interests:
  • Evolution of the ISM in galaxies
  • Formation of galaxies in the distant Universe
  • Dust formation
  • Masers
  • Proto-Planetary disks
  • Exoplanets
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM / (1) Planets and Star Formation

Hans-Ulrich Käufl
Scientific interests:
  • Stellar evolution (post main sequence, RGB, AGB, post-AGB)
  • Star formation
  • Planetary and cometary atmospheres
  • Very high resolution imaging and interferometry
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation
Florian Kerber Scientific interests:
  • Planetary nebulae
  • Late stages of stellar evolution
  • Stellar mass loss and interaction with the interstellar medium
Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

Harald Kuntschner
Scientific interests:
  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Stellar populations of early-type galaxies
  • Extragalactic globular clusters
  • Integral-field spectroscopy

Research Area(s): (3) Stellar Populations

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Robert Laing
Scientific interests:
  • Active galaxies, relativistic jets in extragalactic and galactic sources, synchrotron and inverse Compton emission, polarization and extragalactic magnetic fields, Faraday rotation, radio surveys.
  • Optical/IR telescopes; telescope control; aperture synthesis at cm, mm and sub-mm wavelengths.
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Bruno Leibundgut
Scientific interests:
  • Supernovae
  • QSO absorbers
  • Cosmology

Research Area(s): (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

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Jochen Liske
Scientific interests:
  • Observational cosmology
  • Galaxy evolution
  • QSO absorption lines

Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM / (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

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Gaspare Lo Curto
Scientific interests:
  • Isolated neutron stars
  • Planet formation
  • Stars in the solar neighborhood
  • High resolution spectroscopy, precise radial velocity measurements
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

Vincenzo Mainieri
Scientific interests:
  • Multiwavelength properties of AGN and their SED (X-ray, optical, near-IR, sub-mm, radio)
  • Highly obscured (Compton thick) AGN
  • AGN properties as a function of the environment: field, groups, clusters of galaxies
  • high-redshift X-ray clusters of galaxies: their metallicities and AGN content
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Sabine Moehler
Scientific interests:
  • Galactic globular clusters
  • Horizontal branch stars
  • Late stages of stellar evolution

Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

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Palle Møller
Scientific interests:
  • Damped Lyman-alpha Absorbers at high redshift
  • Dust at high redshift
  • Galaxy Formation and Evolution
  • Formation of Large Scale Structure
  • Redshift Evolution of the Fundamental Plane
  • Redshift Evolution of Core Properties of Elliptical Galaxies
Research Area(s): (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

Nadine Neumayer
Scientific interests:
  • Co-evolution of black holes and galaxies
  • Nuclear star clusters
  • Build-up of galaxy centres
  • Galactic dynamics
  • 3D Spectroscopy
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Paolo Padovani
Scientific interests:
  • Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)
  • BL Lacertae Objects
  • X-ray and gamma-ray emission of AGN
  • Blazar Surveys
  • Deep radio surveys
  • AGN - starburst connection

Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

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Luca Pasquini
Scientific interests:
  • Precision Spectroscopy, direct measurement of the cosmic acceleration
  • Light Element Abundances (Li and Be): Primordial Nucleosynthesis, Galactic Enrichment, Stellar Mixing
  • Globular Clusters: light elements anti-correlations
  • Chemical Abundance of stars in the local group, in clusters and in the field
  • Exo-Planets, planets around evolved stars
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation / (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

Ferdinando Patat
Scientific interests:
  • Supernovae
  • Statistical Data Analysis
  • Monte Carlo Simulations

Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

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Monika Petr-Gotzens
Scientific interests:
  • Star formation
  • TTauri stars, Pre-main sequence binaries
  • Young stellar clusters
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

Francesca Primas
Scientific interests:
  • Galactic chemical evolution
  • UV and optical astronomy
  • High-resolution spectroscopy
Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

Suzanne Ramsay
Scientific interests:
  • starf ormation in this and nearby galaxies
  • cirumstellar matter (disks, outflows)
  • near-infrared spectroscopy (particularly of H2)
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

Marina Rejkuba
Scientific interests:
  • Resolved stellar populations in nearby galaxies
  • Extragalactic globular clusters
  • Variable stars
  • Centaurus A = NGC 5128

Research Area(s): (3) Stellar Populations

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Martino Romaniello
Scientific interests:
  • Stellar populations in nearby Galaxies
  • Distance measurements
  • Star formation and early stellar evolution
Research Area(s): (3) Stellar Populations

Markus Scholler
Scientific interests:
  • Optical Long Baseline Interferometry
  • Stellar magnetic fields
  • Star formation and stellar evolution
Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

Ralf Siebenmorgen
Scientific interests:
  • Physics of interstellar dust
  • IR/mm continuum: imaging
  • Formation of stars/galaxies

Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

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Jason Spyromilio
Scientific interests:
  • Supvernovae, their use as distance indicators
  • IR spectroscopy
  • High resolution spectroscopy

Research Area(s): (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

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Michael Sterzik
Scientific interests:
  • Low mass star formation
  • Observations of brown dwarfs and planets
  • Bioastronomy
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

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Lowell Tacconi-Garman
Scientific interests:
  • Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Starburst Galaxies
  • Super Star Clusters
  • Adaptive Optics/NIR Imaging and Spectroscopy
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Leonardo Testi
Scientific interests:
  • High mass star formation
  • Young (proto-)stellar clusters
  • Young brown dwarfs
  • Circumstellar disks and their evolution
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

Elena Valenti
Scientific interests:
  • Resolved stellar populations
  • Star Clusters
  • Galactic Bulge
  • Chemical Abundances
  • Adaptive optics - NIR Imaging and Spectroscopy

Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution / (3) Stellar Populations


Mario van den Ancker
Scientific interests:
  • Star Formation
  • Protoplanetary Disks
  • Infra red Spectroscopy

Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

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Eelco van Kampen
Scientific interests:
  • The formation and evolution of galaxies
  • High-redshift galaxies and galaxy clusters
  • Cosmological simulations
  • Gravitational lensing

Research Area(s):(4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM / (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

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Joël Vernet
Scientific interests:
  • High redshift galaxies and AGN
  • Kinematics of distant galaxies
  • Polarimetry

Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

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Jeremy Walsh
Scientific interests:
  • Planetary nebulae
  • HII regions
  • Polarimetry

Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

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Markus Wittkowski
Scientific interests:
  • Optical interferometry
  • Stellar surfaces
  • AGN

Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

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Martin Zwaan
Scientific interests:
  • Cool gas in galaxies
  • Relation between QSO absorption lines and galaxies
  • HI mass functions, luminosity functions

Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

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ESO Garching Fellows


Matthieu Béthermin

Scientific interests:
  • Galaxy Formation and Evolution
  • Cosmic infrared background
  • Evolution of infrared and sub-millimeter galaxy populations
  • Connexion between large-scale structures and galaxies
  • Deep far-infrared and (sub-)millimeter surveys

Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM / (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe


Timothy Davis
Scientific interestcid:
  • Galaxy Formation and Evolution
  • Molecular gas properties/dynamics and star-formation
  • Early-type galaxies
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Maud Galametz
Scientific interests:
  • IR to submm observations and SED modelling techniques
  • Dust and gas properties in nearby galaxies, star formation rate
  • Influence of metallicity, submm excess
  • CO-dark gas
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Roberto Galvan-Madrid
Scientific interests:
  • Star Formation, with emphasis on high-mass stars and clusters
  • Radio and (sub)mm observations and modeling

Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

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Stephan Geier
Scientific interests:
  • Hot subdwarf stars
  • Close binaries
  • Substellar companions to hot stars
  • SN Ia progenitors

Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution


Neale Gibson
Scientific interests:
  • Transiting exoplanets; detection and characterisation
  • Exoplanet atmospheres (via transmission and emission spectroscopy)
  • Time series analysis using advanced Bayesian methods

Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation


Adam Ginsburg
Scientific interests:
  • High mass star and cluster formation
  • Turbulence in molecular clouds
  • Millimeter and centimeter observations, in particular large-area & Galactic Plane surveys
  • Data analysis tools & python, especially astropy

Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation / (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM


Jason Grunhut
Scientific interests:
  • Incidence and structure of magnetic fields of massive stars
  • Magnetism and pulsations of early type stars
  • Stellar surface and circumstellar imaging
  • High-resolution, optical spectropolarimetry of stars and their circumstellar environment

Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation / (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution


Bernd Husemann
Scientific interests:
  • AGN and their host galaxies
  • ISM of galaxies
  • 3D spectroscopy
  • Data analysis softwares
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Izaskun Jimenez-Serra

Marie-Currie Fellow

Scientific interests:

  • Low-Mass and High-Mass Star Formation
  • Chemistry of the ISM
  • Stellar Winds and Jets
  • Millimeter and Sub-Millimeter Astronomy
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation


Mirko Krumpe
Scientific interests:
  • Clustering measurements of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGNs)
  • X-ray surveys and multi-wavelength follow-up
  • Search for Compton-thick absorbed AGNs
  • X-ray spectroscopy of AGNs
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Claudia Lagos
Scientific interests:
  • Simulations of the formation and evolution of galaxies
  • Modelling of the ISM, star formation and feedback
  • Galaxy and black hole co-evolution in large surveys

Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM / (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

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Kate Maguire

Marie-Curie Fellow

Scientific interests:

  • Supernovae
  • Observational cosmology
  • Supernova progenitors

Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution / (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe


Farid Rahoui
Scientific interests:
  • Multi-wavelengths study of high energy sources
  • Black holes and Neutron stars
  • X-ray binaries (low- and high mass) evolution and direct environment
  • Accretion discs and jet physics in microquasars and quasars

Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution / (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe


Grant Tremblay
Scientific interests:
  • AGN Feedback
  • Cooling Flows in Clusters of Galaxies
  • Radio Galaxies

Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM / (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

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Ke Wang

Scientific interests:

  • Infrared dark clouds
  • Initial conditions of high-mass star formation
  • mm/submm/cm interferometry
  • Far-IR spectroscopy and photometry with Herschel
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

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Tayyaba Zafar
Scientific interests:
  • Dust extinction studies of Gamma-ray burst afterglows
  • Intervening absorbers towards Quasars
  • Interstellar and intergalactic medium studies
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

ESO Garching Students


Julian Alvarado Gómez
Scientific interests:
  • Solar/Stellar Magnetic Fields and Activity
  • Plasma Astrophysics
  • High Resolution Spectropolarimetry
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation, (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

Suryashree Aniyan
Scientific interests:
  • Dark Matter content in spiral galaxies
  • Galactic Dynamics
  • Galaxy evolution
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Gergely Csépány
Scientific interests:
  • Young stellar systems observed with high angular resolution
  • Young T Tauri binary stars
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

Roxana-Adela Chira
Scientific interests:
  • Early stages of star formation
  • Molecular clouds
  • Radiative transfer
  • Interstellar medium
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation, (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Marco De Pascale
Scientific interests:
  • Machine learning and classification
  • Supernovae
  • Galactic archaeology
  • Cosmology
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM / (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

Suhail Dhawan
Scientific interests:
  • Near Infrared Light Curves of Supernovae
  • Spectral signatures in Type Ia supernovae
  • Cosmology
Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution / (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

Anja Feldmeier
Scientific interests:
  • Globular clusters
  • Nuclear star clusters
  • Central massive black holes in star clusters
  • Galactic and cluster dynamics
Research Area(s): (3) Stellar Populations

Roberto Figuera
Scientific interests:
  • Globular and open clusters
  • Variable stars
  • Gravitational lensing events
  • Lightcurves of accreting black holes
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation, (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution, (3) Stellar Populations

Elisabeth Gall
Scientific interests:
  • Supernovae: IIP, Ia
  • Cosmology
  • NIR Spectroscopy
Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

Adrien Guérou
Scientific interests:
  • Galactic dynamics
  • Early-type and dwarf galaxies
  • 3D spectroscopy
  • Stellar population
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Bitten Gullberg
Scientific interests:
  • Galaxy evolution and molecular gas in the interstellar medium in high redshift galaxies
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM / (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

Laura Inno
Scientific interests:
  • Cepheids and Variable Stars
  • Galaxy Structure and Kinematics
  • Cosmic Distance Scale
Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

Carlo Felice Manara
Scientific interests:
  • Star Formation
  • Protoplanetary Disks and their Evolution
  • Accretion Processes in Star Formation and Disk evolution
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

Anna Mc Leod
Scientific interests:
  • Star Formation
  • Stellar Populations
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation, (3) Stellar Populations

Florian Niederhofer
Scientific interests:
  • High-Mass Star Formation
  • Massive Stars
  • Stellar Populations
  • ISM of Galaxies
Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution / (3) Stellar Populations / (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Joel Pfeffer
Scientific interests:
  • Formation, evolution and dynamics of galaxies
  • Dwarf galaxies
  • Globular clusters
  • Numerical simulations
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Francesco Saturni
Scientific interests:
  • QSO structure and evolution
  • QSO absorption processes
  • QSO variability
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Tullia Sbarrato
Scientific interests:
  • Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)
  • High-redshift AGN and quasars
  • Blazars: accretion-jet connection
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Marco Tazzari
Scientific interests:
  • Protoplanetary discs: structure and dynamics
  • Gas-dust interaction in protoplanetary discs
  • Planet formation
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

Karina Voggel
Scientific interests:
  • Dwarf galaxies in clusters
  • Galaxy evolution
  • Galactic dynamics
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM

Yue Wang
Scientific interests:
  • Globular cluster evolution
  • Galactic chemical evolution
Research Area(s): (2) Stellar Structure and Evolution

Dominika Wylezalek
Scientific interests:
  • Observational cosmology
  • Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)
  • High-redshift galaxies
Research Area(s): (4) Evolution of Galaxies and the ISM / (5) Cosmology and the Early Universe

Fei Yan
Scientific interests:
  • Planetary atmosphere
  • Exo-planet
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation

Sarolta Zahorecz
Scientific interests:
  • Initial conditions of star formation
  • Properties of young stellar objects
  • Infrared and radio observations
Research Area(s): (1) Planets and Star Formation