Why is the universe the way it is?
Fundamental and philosophical questions like that lead me to study physics. I wanted to know more about nature and how it works.
I did my doctorate in science at the Institute for Astronomy (now
Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics) at ETH Zurich with Marcella Carollo and with Ben Moore at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (now
Institute for Computational Science) at the University
of Zurich. After my doctorate, I spent 2 years in Santa Cruz in a postdoctoral research position (Swiss National Science Foundation fellowship) at the
Department for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz. Then
I took another 3 year position as a postdoctoral researcher at the
Department of Astronomy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After 5 years in the
United States, I accepted a position as Bairen research professor at the
Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University. In 2014, I decided to leave
academia and return to my home country, Switzerland.
My main research interests were cosmological structure formation, galaxy formation, dynamics, dark matter, dark energy, cosmology in general, black
holes, N-body techniques, integrators, algorithms, data analysis methods and visualisations.
Check out my publication list on
Google Scholar to learn more about my research activities.