My research focuses on galaxy formation and evolution, with interests ranging from the fueling of active galactic nuclei and the role of supermassive black holes in galaxy evolution to studies of the physical properties of distant star-forming galaxies in the early Universe and the evolution of galaxy scaling relations from these early times to the present day. Much of my current work is based on integral field spectroscopy obtained with the use of adaptive optics on telescopes such as the VLT and Keck observatories to achieve high spatial resolutions both in nearby and distant galaxies. I also frequently collaborate with dynamical modeling experts to relate the details revealed in such high resolution data to our global understanding of galaxy formation and evolution.
Prior to my arrival in Seattle, I spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), located in Garching bei Muenchen, Germany. While there I worked within the Infrared/Submillimeter Group of MPE, and collaborated with several people from other groups at the Institute.