Already as a child I was fascinated by the stars, by space, and in particular by rockets and satellites. Now my research focuses on a better understanding of the stars' childhoods and youths using data from ground and space based observatories. And I am still quite passionate about satellite missions.
I defended my PhD thesis ("Pulsating pre-main sequence stars in young open clusters") in November 2005. Since then I held four peer-reviewed, international, personal fellowships and grants and pursued my main research interest: studying young stars using their oscillations.
I held my habilitation colloquium on October 31, 2017, at the University of Innsbruck (title: "Asteroseismology of pre-main sequence stars").
Since October 2018, I hold an "Ingeborg Hochmair full professorship for stellar astrophysics" at the Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics of the University of Innsbruck. Here I am working with a small team primarily on the topic of pre-main sequence asteroseismology with the aim to improve our understanding of the early phases of stellar evolution. I am very glad and proud that I can share my enthusiasm with my international students and colleagues.
Of course I also consider myself an ambassador for the Austrian-Canadian-Polish satellite mission BRITE-Constellation.
When I am not working, I enjoy playing the piano and making chamber music with friends, reading books, cooking and meeting with friends and family.