I am a Professor at the Kapteyn Institute at the University of Groningen, From  2011 until 2016 I have been its (Scientific) Director. I study the formation and evolution of galaxies, by studying their structure, kinematics and stellar populations. At the moment, I my research is mostly focused on studying dwarf galaxies in the nearby Universe, but I am also very interested in studying larger galaxies.

Kapteyn Institute

The Kapteyn Institute is one of the appr. 10 research institutes of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMNS, FWN) at the University of Groningen. Its mission is to do research in astronomy, and to be responsible for the astronomy teaching at the University. Together with Leiden we are the only University in the Netherlands offering a bachelor in astronomy. We also offer a master program in astronomy. We have a large PhD programme with more than 50 PhD students. The Kapteyn Institute is one of the 4 partners in NOVA, the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy.

See here for my list of publications.

Recent News:

May 1, 2016: I obtained a large grant from the EU to lead on International Training Network. Its name is SUNDIAL, and we will work with a consortium of researchers in Computer Science and Astronomy on developing new algorithms for analyzing large surveys in astronomy, and study galaxy formation and evolution with it.

Sep 1, 2017: Most SUNDIAL PhD students have been hired and start their work within the SUNDIAL project.