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 am a core member of 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, that will soon be followed up with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
I am also involved in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) as a member of the ‘Cradle of Life’ science working group and the UK SKA Science Committee.
Postdoc, 2015 - 2018
University of Cambridge
Postdoc, 2013 - 2015
University of St Andrews
University of Leeds
How planets may be seeded with chemicals necessary for life
Uncovering the birthplaces of planets with the SKA
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