Main Focus

  • Small bodies in the solar system
  • Comets
  • Cosmic dust
  • Solar system formation

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2004 Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
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

Other Activities and Memberships

  • Chair of the ESA working group "Physical Properties of comet 67P/C-G" for scientific planning of the Rosetta mission (WG3)
  • 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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