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I'm a research scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, involved in both observational and theoretical studies of nearby galaxies, with an eye towards finding, characterizing, and understanding their structure and dynamics. Particular interests include galactic bars (both single-bar and double-bar systems); the structure and extent of stellar disks; bulges and pseudobulges; central supermassive black holes, nuclear star clusters, and the relation of both to their host galaxies. And I've recently become involved in galaxy evolution studies as well, particularly trying to figure out how galaxy environment affects galaxy morphology.
For more information, see my Research Page.
Code: Astronomy-related open-source software projects can be found here: Software -- including Imfit, a fast, flexible program for fitting galaxy images.