About

I am a graduate student in the Departments of Physics and Earth Sciences of ETH Zürich, Switzerland, where I am working to understand the formation principles of terrestrial planets and their stellar cluster environment.

Before starting my PhD I studied physics at Göttingen University, Germany, with a semester abroad at Peking University, China.

Education

ETH Zürich, Switzerland 2014-present
Planetary astrophysics, star & planet formation theory, PhD candidate
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany 2012-2014
Physics, Master of Science
Peking University (北京大学), P.R. China 2012-2013
Chinese language & culture
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany 2009-2012
Physics, Bachelor of Science

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, ETH Zürich 2014-present
Supervisors: Taras V. Gerya, Michael R. Meyer, Gregor J. Golabek, Richard J. Parker
Planet formation, planetesimal evolution, star cluster dynamics
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Göttingen University 2013-2014
Supervisor: Dominik R. G. Schleicher
Disk fragmentation, adaptive mesh refinement techniques
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Göttingen University 2011-2012
Supervisor: Laurent Gizon
Asteroseismology, exoplanet characteristics
Technical Intern, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research 2011
Supervisor: Pablo G. Marques
Data processing, NASA Dawn mission

Teaching & Mentoring

Master thesis of Irene Bonati, ETH Zürich Earth Sciences & Physics, Co-supervision, 2016-2017
Title: Quantitative Predictions for the Observability of Protoplanetary Collisions
Semester thesis of Fabio Luchsinger, ETH Zürich Earth Sciences, Co-supervision, 2016
Title: 2D Numerical Modeling of Pebble Accretion Influence on Planetesimal Evolution
Physics I for non-physicists, ETH Zürich Physics, Design of exercise/exam tasks 2015-2016
Physics II for non-physicists, ETH Zürich Physics, Teaching Assistant 2015
Physics I for non-physicists, ETH Zürich Physics, Teaching Assistant 2014
Scientific computing techniques, Göttingen University Physics, Teaching Assistant 2013-2014
Basic physics lab course, Göttingen University Physics, Lab Assistant 2013-2014
Introduction to Astro- and Geophysics, Göttingen University Physics, Teaching Assistant 2013
Basic physics lab course, Göttingen University Physics, Lab Assistant 2012-13

Advanced Training Courses

Chronology of the Formation of the Solar System VI – The outer Solar System and its relationship with the InterStellar Medium (Les Houches, FRA) 02/2017
Ecole Physique des Houches, Les Houches & Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Nice
Planetary Geodynamics (Hodenhagen, GER) 11/2016
Transregional Collaborative Research Center Berlin-Münster: Late Accretion onto Terrestrial Planets
From dust to planets & geology (Leukerbad, CH) 08/2015
Center for Space & Habitability, University of Bern
From Protoplanetary Disks to Planet Formation (Les Diablerets, CH) 03/2015
45th Saas-Fee Advanced Course, SSAA, University of Geneva
International Summer School on AstroComputing - Star & Planet Formation (Santa Cruz, USA) 07/2013
University of California, Santa Cruz, High Performance Astro Computing Center

Professional Affiliations

German Physical Society, German Astronomical Society, Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy

Honors and Awards

MERAC funding and travel award, Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy 10/2016
Master's thesis awarded with "Dr. Berliner – Dr. Ungewitter" prize, Göttingen University 12/2014
Master's diploma awarded "with distinction", Göttingen University 07/2014