My main interest of research centers around the formation and evolution of galaxies in different environments.
A large part of my work is dedicated to the understanding of the interaction between the baryonic and the dark components of the galaxies, and how this is influenced by evolution history of the galaxies. This work so far mostly centered around early-type (or elliptical) galaxies.
I also worked on the build-up of the outer stellar halos of galaxies from Milky-Way mass up to BCGs (the brightest galaxies within galaxy clusters) and what we can learn from the density profiles of the outer stellar halos.
The third big topic I am interested in is the build-up of galaxy groups and the evolution of galaxies therein. The group environment is one of the most active environments, and most galaxies actually live within galaxy groups.
Thus, galaxy groups are the perfect laboratory to understand the interactions of the different physical processes that lead to morphological transitions of galaxies.
To answer the scientific questions that I want to address, I use both numerical simulations as well as theoretical models.
I am part of the Magneticum Pathfinder Team, a simulation suite of several cosmological boxes of different sizes and resolutions. This simulation suit includes the currently largest existing baryonic cosmological box.
To learn more about the different research subjects I am working on, choose a link on the left.