ABOUT ME

I am a research fellow at the European Southern Observatory in Garching by Munich, Germany. I am working on massive stars in young stellar clusters, searching for binary interactions products using optical spectroscopy. I am also interested in Be stars and especially in the origin of their rapid rotation in the context of previous binary interactions.

Having spent more than 60 nights at a telescope, I have developed a passion for observing, and I have gained experience working with high-resolution spectra (from HERMES at the Mercator telescope, and FEROS at the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope) as well as integral-field spectroscopy using VLT/MUSE.

In my free time, I like to be out in the nature. I enjoy hiking a lot, but given the lack of mountains in Belgium, where I lived for the last four years, I developed a passion for road cycling as well. Additionally, I like photography and I am following a sewing class in order to learn to make my own clothes (and face masks during Covid-times).

2019 - 2021: PhD candidate

Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven

PhD thesis: "Detection and characterization of massive binary interaction products"

2015 - 2017: BSc of Science

Technical University of Munich

Including one year ERASMUS at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain

EDUCATION

2017 - 2019: MSc of Science

Technical University of Munich

MSc thesis: "Interaction between Massive Stars and the Interstellar Medium"

OBSERVING EXPERIENCE

MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope, La Silla Chile

observations with GROND and FEROS

- 10 nights in 2015

- 11 nights in 2016

Mercator telescope, La Palma, Spain

observations with HERMES and MAIA

​- 10 nights in 2018

- 20 nights in 2019

- 10 nights in 2020 (remote, due to Covid 19)