I received my PhD from the University of Arizona in 2004. After a short postdoctoral stay at the Max Plank Institute fur Astronomie in Heidelberg, I spent the next four years as a Lyman Spitzer Fellow and a Michelson Fellow at Princeton University. In late 2008, I joined the Spanish National Research Council as a Ramon y Cajal Fellow and in 2014 I came to STSCI as an Assistant Astronomer, working now at its Science Mission Office.
- Debris disk phenomenon and transport and radial mixing in circumstellar disks, both in the Solar system and in extrasolar planetary systems, using radiative transfer and dynamical models and observations.
- Statistical properties of the disks as derived from debris disk surveys (e.g. frequency, dust temperature/location, temporal evolution, debris disk-planet correlation).
- Characterization of the location of planetesimal belt(s) from the modeling of the debris disk system.
- Search for planets in protoplanetary and debris disks via direct detection.
- Exchange of debris between planetary systems.
Research Topics: Circumstellar Disks, Solar & Extra-Solar Planetary Systems, Interplanetary Dust, Dynamical Simulations, Infrared Observations, Science Policy