“The interstellar medium is anything not in stars” – D. Osterbrock (1984). While this is true by definition, it disregards that the ISM and stars are intimately linked.

I am a postdoctoral fellow in Physics & Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University since November 2015. I am interested in star formation and all aspects of the interstellar medium. During my Ph.D., I studied and analyzed the various phases of the interstellar medium, stellar motions, and the interaction of massive stars with their surroundings. Nowadays, I attempt to put these skills to good use in the field of star formation, primarily focused on the Galaxy and the nearby Magellanic clouds. However, through my JWST GTO work, my focus may soon broaden to a wide range of nearby galaxies.  

I believe that in many cases, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Much of my own research is based on combining (large-scale) datasets in order to obtain a new and more complete picture of the problems in question.

I completed my thesis, entitled

‘Tales of Orion: the interplay of gas, dust, and stars in the interstellar medium’

at Leiden University in the fall of 2015 under the supervision of Xander Tielens.

You can download the ‘propositions’ of my thesis here.

You can download the full version of my thesis here.

You can download the front cover of my thesis here.