I’m an astrophysicist studying star and planet formation. I use some of the most advanced telescopes in the world, along with state-of-the-art computer models, to study physics and chemistry in birthplaces of planets — protoplanetary discs.
I am the principle investigator of several programs studying discs around the most massive young stars using the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA). I work on the Cycle 6 Large Program ‘Molecules with ALMA at Planet-Forming Scales’ (MAPS), a survey of the chemical composition of five protoplanetary discs at unprecedented spatial resolution.
I also investigate how the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be able to observe planet-forming rubble and pre-biotic molecules as a member of the ‘Cradle of Life’ science working group.
Postdoc, 2015 - 2018
University of Cambridge
Postdoc, 2013 - 2015
University of St Andrews
University of Leeds
The rare molecule weighing in on the birth of planets
A young star caught forming like a planet
The spiralling signatures of planet formation
Astronomers a identify young, heavyweight star
Peering into the amniotic sac of a planet-hosting star
Astronomers see pebbles poised to make planets