Welcome! These pages document some of the various things I did over the years. From my scientific work to various projects in electronics, woodworking, coding and more. With many time-consuming hobbies and a fulfilling job, there is little time to write a few lines on all the cool things tinker with but I try my best to keep this website updated.
Professionally, I work as a Data Science Consultant at Five1 but my background is in astrophysics. My speciality is to conceptionalize and implement innovative data solutions with a variety of tools. As a consultant I focus on modern architectures, such as Data Mesh or the Data Lakehouse, and work as a full-stack Data Scientist and Data Engineer. Much of my scientific career, I spend at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg where I worked on high-resolution studies of the molecular gas in nearby galaxies. In particular, I studied the interplay of star formation and stellar feedback with the interstellar medium. A significant part of my work was interferometric imaging and more general aspects of multi-dimensional analysis of the imaged high-resolution data cubes.
I started astronomical research in 2013 with my Bachelor’s thesis on multi-scale cleaning in radio interferometric imaging and carried out several projects as a research assistant (“HiWi”). These projects included, for instance, data reduction and imaging of JVLA observations that targeted nearby galaxies in atomic hydrogen (HI). Since 2015, I was a member of the SWAG team (Survey of Water and Ammonia in the Galactic Center), for which I developed calibration and imaging pipelines as part of my Master’s thesis (2016). Furthermore, I derived new, detailed gas temperature maps from ammonia hyperfine structure fitting of the Central Molecular Zone of the Galactic Center to test and confirm the hypothesis of a triggered star formation sequence. During the work for my PhD thesis, I became an expert on reducing and imaging complex ALMA observations, such as the 2 pc imaging of the starbursting center of NGC253. With this rich dataset, I analyzed the molecular outflow of NGC253, the molecular interstellar medium in its super star clusters and studied the similarities and differences between NGC253’s center and our own Milky Way Galactic Center. As a Postdoctoral Researcher, I lead a large observation program targeting another nearby starburst galaxy, M82, to study environmental effects on the statistics of molecular clouds.