Research at the CSH spans a broad range of disciplines and methodology, from theory and simulation to observations and instrumentation. Our CSH researchers have a diverse range of interests.



CSH Researchers

Jonathan Grone

Astrobiology and modelling of biosignatures to detect life beyond earth, polarimetric and spectroscopic detection of homochirality as a biosignature, using extremophile microbes as proxies for potential icy-moon organisms. M.Sc. in biological oceanography and marine microbial ecology

Lisa Brandenburg

Astrobiology and the search for extraterrestrial life. Homochirality as a universal biosignature. Terrestrial extremophiles as a proxy for life beyond Earth. Spectropolarimetry for detection of circular polarization.

Francis Zong Lang

Detection and characterization of temperate, Earth-sized exoplanets around ultra-cool stars, instrumentation on SAIT-EX telescope.
I am also interested in the BrainPol project - a novel visualization and intraoperative technique that uses spectropolarimetry to define tumor/healthy tissue boundaries.

Mathilda Fatton

Microbiology, first form of life and extremophiles associated to biosignatures on Earth and beyond Earth. Biosignatures database using spectro-polarimetry to detect homochirality associated to life

Lucas Patty

Polarimetry and spectroscopy, instrumentation and laboratory/field experiments, biosignatures and astrobiology, light scattering, surface characterization

Valentin Bickel

Planetary geomorphology, ice and volatiles, machine and deep learning, object detection, image processing, remote sensing, soil- and terramechanics, solar system exploration

Jan Can Akin

Yann Alibert

General theory of planetary system formation, internal structure Bayesian analysis, use of machine learning tools to analyse observations and simulations. Main author of the first and second versions of the 'Bern model' for planetary system formation. Involved in the CHEOPS and PLATO missions.

Brice-Olivier Demory

Exoplanet detection and characterisation, planetary atmospheres, planetary dynamics, statistical analysis, stellar and brown-dwarf physics, ground-based instrumentation, data analysis, large surveys

Kathryn Dawn Jones

Elspeth Lee

Niels Ligterink

Physical chemistry, astrochemistry, astrobiology, laboratory experiments and instrumentation, ice chemistry and physics, prebiotic molecules, ALMA, JWST

Anna Lüber

I’m working on applying atmospheric retrieval methods involving machine learning techniques to the atmospheres of brown dwarfs and directly imaged exoplanets. In doing so, I’m explicitly interested in combining Brown Dwarf theory with astrostatistics methods like Bayesian statistics.

Erik Andreas Meier Valdés

Pascal-Andreas Noti

I am working on atmospheric physics and dynamics, radiative transfer, temperature-dependant heat capacities, climate and weather simulation, forecasting, machine learning, numerical code development, general circulation model, high performance computing and GPU computing.

Susanne Wampfler

Astrochemistry, star and planet formation, isotopic fractionation, complex organic molecules, submillimeter astronomy, interferometry, ALMA, protostars, protoplanetary disks, comets, linking astrophysics with Solar System science and cosmochemistry, radiative transfer