About me

I'm a postdoctoral scientist at the University Observatory of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in the group of Prof. Til Birnstiel.

I graduated in 2012 with a master's degree in physics from the University of Heidelberg. I finished my PhD in 2017 in the group of Prof. Cornelis Dullemond at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics of the University of Heidelberg and in the group of Prof. Jorge Cuadra at the Astrophysical Institute at the Catholic University of Chile in a joint program funded by the DAAD.

My main research focus is on planet formation, especially on the early phases of dust growth in protoplanetary disk, on planetesimal formation, and on pebble accretion of dust particles onto planetary embryos.

Curriculum Vitae
Publications (Astrophysical Data System)


Here are software packages that I developed and which are publicly available on Github or via PyPi.

If there are any issues when using these packages, please contact me.


Simframe is a Python framework that allows you to easily set up scientific simulations. It comes with a variety of integrations schemes, both explicit and implicit, and infrastructure for reading and writing data files. Simframe has been published in the Journal of Open Source Software.

You can install Simframe easily within your Python distribution with
pip install simframe

Pictured: Orbital integration done with Simframe.


DustPy is a dust evolution code to simulate dust growth in protoplanetary disks. Any part of the code can be easily modified to adjust the simulation to your needs and to add new physics.

The front end is written in Python using Simframe. Computationally critical subroutines are written in Fortran to increase performance.

You can install DustPy easily within your Python distribution with
pip install dustpy

Pictured: Typical result of a DustPy simulation.