I am a Professor at the Kapteyn
Institute at the University of Groningen, From 2011
until 2016 I have been its (Scientific) Director. From 2017
until 2020 I was the education director of the Master
Astronomy. 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 working on new techniques to better study the
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.
Our Interreg North Sea proposal
Keep it Dark
was approved! Together with the Universities of Oldenburg and
Aarhus we will provide a robust measuring system for the
brightness of the sky, making it possible to measure light
Several papers were published in 2022 and 2021. See for example
link to see these papers.
July 2021: Our paper on Ultra Compact
Dwarfs in the Fornax Cluster was published by MNRAS. This paper is led by my PhD student
July 2021: Our paper simulating the
formation of the dwarf irregular NGC 1427A in the Fornax
Cluster appeared in MNRAS. The main author of this paper is Michele
Mastropietro, a SUNDIAL PhD student at the University of Gent.