Welcome to the Stellar Standard Candles and Distances research group at EPFL’s Institute of Physics. I am an SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellow (Grant PCEFP2_194638) and the principal investigator of the H1PStars project (ERC Starting Grant No. 947660) and lead this group.
My team and I target pulsating stars and other stellar standard candles to enable highly accurate measurements of the local expansion rate of the Universe, H0, as well as to learn about the physics of these stars. We are located at the Sauverny Observatory site near Versoix, Switzerland.
I received my PhD (Docteur ès sciences) in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Geneva in December 2013 and a Diplom degree in Physics from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in 2009. Prior to my current position at EPFL, I worked at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, USA from 2014 to 2017, funded by an SNSF Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship. From 2017 to 2020, I was an independent Research Fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching b. München, Germany. A fairly recent CV can be found here.