I am a research scientist at the Centre for Astronomy of Heidelberg University (ZAH),
and a research associate at the Max-Planck Institute for
Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg.
My research addresses the formation and early evolution of stellar clusters, associations and complexes. I investigate, thus, star formation across a whole range of length-scales, from parsec-scale embedded clusters to kiloparsec-scale spirals and galactic disks. I particularly focus on the morphology and time-scale of star formation at various length-scales, and the dependence of these parameters to the interstellar medium structure, the local environmental conditions, and galaxy dynamics.
My research potrfolio covers a variety of topics on Galactic
and extragalactic clustered star formation. These topics include the
investigation of young stellar clusters
in the Milky Way, resolved stellar populations in star-forming regions
in the Magellanic Clouds, and galactic-scale star formation across galaxies of the Local Group.
Young stellar clusters, embedded in star-forming regions of our neighboring galaxies the Large & Small Magellanic Clouds cover a great part of my research. My main contribution to this field is the detailed investigation of young stellar clusters outside our Milky Way for the first time down to their sub-solar pre--main-sequence stellar regime. This research has led to the study of the young cluster population in the spectacular Tarantula nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which I currently perform within the Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project (HTTP).
The investigation of star formation across galactic scales requires the study of star clusters, stellar associations, and large stellar complexes in more distant galaxies. To this objective I have developed an innovative cluster analysis technique for studying the origin and evolution of stellar clustering morphology. This research includes the use of big photometric surveys of resolved stellar populations in galaxies of the Local Group. I currently study star formation across 50 Local Volume star-forming galaxies within the Hubble Legacy ExtraGalactic UV Survey (LEGUS). An unprecedented view of star formation across the spirals of the Andromeda galaxy is also under investigation with the exceptionally rich stellar survey of the Panchromatic Andromeda Galaxy Treasury (PHAT) Program.