Research Interests:

I am a physicist working in the following fields: small bodies in the solar system, comets, cosmic dust, solar system formation, solar system plasmas.

Education and Employment:

Since 2004: Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen
2004: Habilitation University of Heidelberg
1996 – 2004: Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg
1993 – 1996: Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg
1992: Dr. rer. nat. University of Göttingen
1989: Diploma in Physics, University of Göttingen

Team Memberships in Space Projects:

PI of the GALILEO dust instrument DDS
PI of the ULYSSES DUST instrument
Co-I of the CASSINI Cosmic Dust Analyzer
Co-I of the Rosetta COSIMA instrument
PI of the PHILAE Dust Impact Monitor SESAME-DIM
Member of the PHILAE COSAC science team
Member of Bepi Colombo SERENA/PICAM and MPPE/MSA science team
Science Team Lead for the DESTINY+ Dust Analyzer (DDA) onboard Jaxa's DESTINY+ mission
Co-I of the Circum-Martian Dust Monitor (CMDM) onboard JAXA's MMX mission (Martian moons)

Other Activities and Memberships

Chair of the ESA working group "Physical Properties of comet 67P/C-G" for scientific planning of the Rosetta mission
Member of the International Astronomical Union
Member of the German Astronomical Society
Member of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society
Teaching at University of Göttingen
Public Outreach

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