About me

I am a astrophysicists interested in constructing theoretical models of black hole accretion flows using plasma simulation and radiative transfer codes. I am a joint postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University and the Flatiron Institute in NY.

I obtained my bachelor degree at Radboud University Nijmegen where I graduated Cum Laude. During my Bachelor thesis project I was supervised by prof. dr. A. Achterberg.

I also obtained my masters degree Cum Laude at Radboud University Nijmegen. My master thesis project was done inside the BlackHoleCam collaboration and was under supervision of dr. M. Mościbrodzka and prof. dr. H. Falcke.

During my master I was rewarded the Radboud University Student Award. This award is rewarded to at most two students per year for their extraordinary contribution to academia combined with excellent study results. I was aware this award for obtaining my degree Cum Laude, while participating on various levels of student politics throughout my study.

I obtained my PhD at Radboud University where I studied black hole accretion flows in the context of the upcoming observation of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. My PhD supervisors are prof. dr. H. Falcke and dr. M. Mościbrodzka. My thesis was awarded the outstanding thesis award by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. During my PhD I was selected by the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences as one of the Faces of Science. And as a member of the EHT I recieved the 2020 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics.

From january 2019 till July 2019 I was a Research Analyst at the Simons Foundations Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA). During my time at CCA I collaborated with dr. A. Philippov.