Faculty members

The faculty extends over the two main establishments,

  • ESTEC and
  • ESAC

and three smaller stations at

  • Space Telescope Science Institute (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
  • Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, Maryland, USA)
  • Centro de Astrobiología (CAB), co-located with ESAC
  Name Main Research Topics Project(s) Station
A Miriam Aberasturi   Herschel ESAC
  Asier Abreu   Gaia ESAC
  Julia Alfonso-Garzón Operation and archive exploitation for Integral/OMC; variable object light curves Integral /OMC CAB
  Bruno Altieri Galaxy clusters; deep infrared surveys; gravitational lensing Euclid ESAC
  Nicolas Altobelli Saturn rings; infrared spectroscopy; interstellar dust; interplanetary dust; asteroids/comets; dust dynamics JUICE, Cassini, Rosetta ESAC
  Catarina Alves de Oliveira Brown dwarf formation; origin of the initial mass function (IMF); filamentary structure in molecular clouds JWST STScI
  Michele Armano Gravitational waves; effective field theory and General Relativity; black hole physics; geodesy; data analysis for experimental gravity physics; applications to hydrocarbon physics and engineering

Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space (ACES)

  Chryssa Avdellidou Planetary science Research Fellow ESTEC
B Deborah Baines Pre-main sequence stars (Herbig Ae/Be; T Tauri); Be stars; binaries; proto-planetary discs; spectro-astrometry; virtual observatory (VO) Science archives; VO ESAC
  Lucia Ballo   XMM-Newton ESAC
  David Barrado Navascues Brown dwarfs; low-mass stars JWST/MIRI; GTC/NAHUAL CAB
  Maud Barthelemy SPICAM; Planetary Science Archive (PSA) Rosetta; PSA ESAC
  Guillaume Belanger Galactic Centre; Sgr A*; molecular clouds Integral ESAC
  Johannes Benkhoff Computational modelling of the physics and chemistry of sublimation processes of pourous, dusty, multi-component ices in the Solar System; Mercury. BepiColombo ESTEC
  Mark Bentley Space weathering; comets and asteroids; cometary dust; instrumentation BepiColombo; Rosetta ESAC
  Sebastien Besse Formation and evolution of the Solar System Archives; Rosetta ESAC
  Stephan Birkmann   JWST STScI
  Jose Manuel Blanco   SMOS ESAC
  Torsten Boeker   JWST STSci
C Jose A. Caballero Stars: binaries: visual; stars: brown dwarfs; stars: low-mass; Galaxy: open clusters and associations (individual: sigma Orionis) "Nacional Plan"/ CARMENES CAB
  Luigi Cacciapuoti Fundamental physics ACES ESTEC
  Alejandro Cardesin Moinelo Terrestrial Planets: Mars and Venus, Planetary Atmospheres, Remote Sensing, Spectroscopy, Spacecraft and Planetary Geometry VEX, MEX, ExoMars and JUICE ESAC
  Ignacio de la Calle AGN; blazars; TeV astronomy XMM-Newton ESAC
  Jack Carlyle Solar physics; space weather; filaments and eruptions; plasma instabilities Research Fellow ESTEC
  Jacopo Chevallard   Research Fellow ESTEC
  Daniela Coia Galaxy clusters Exomars ESAC
  Luigi Colangeli   Coordination ESTEC
  Luca Conversi (sub)mm cosmology; cosmic microwave background; cosmic IR background Euclid ESAC
  Marc Costa i Sitjà Solar system science operations development; planetary data; orbital mechanics; atmosphere dynamics VEX ESAC
  Cian Crowley     ESAC
  Maria Angeles Cuevas Planetary geology; comets; planetary science operations Rosetta ESAC
  Albert Domingo Garau OMC; optical lightcurves Integral/OMC CAB
D Jos de Bruijne Young stellar groups, astrometry, dynamical modelling Gaia ESTEC
  Guido De Marchi Star formation, stellar populations, interstellar medium JWST , Archives ESTEC
  Xavier Dupac Observational cosmology; interstellar medium; cosmic microwave background Planck ESAC
E Jacobo Ebrero Carrero AGN; warm absorbers and cosmic feedback processes; evolution and large-scale structure of AGN XMM-Newton ESAC
  Matthias Ehle Environment of galaxies; galactic halos; cosmic magnetic fields; interstellar and intergalactic medium; galaxy clusters XMM-Newton ESAC
  Philippe Escoubet Space plasma physics, Sun-Earth connection, ion spectrometry and spacecraft potential Cluster/ Double Star ESTEC
  Pilar Esquej Tidal disruption of stars by supermassive BHs; XMM-Newton Slew Survey Herschel ESAC
F Ginevra Favole Large scale structure; emission-line galaxies; galaxy clustering and weak lensing; mock catalogues; N-body cosmological simulations Research Fellow ESAC
  Pierre Ferruit   JWST ESTEC
  Bernhard Fleck   Soho GSFC
  Emmet Fletcher Conjunction and re-entry prediction for Earth-orbiting spacecraft; fragmentation modelling; spacecraft / civil population protection   ESAC
  Bernard Foing   SMART-1 ESTEC
  Emilio Fraile Earth Observation, Remote Sensing; Fundamental Physics, Gravitational Waves, Black Hole Physics; Fermi Paradox; Earth-like Planets Gaia ESAC
  David Frew   Rosetta ESAC
  Felix Fürst Accretion physics; neutron star and black hole binaries; ultra-luminous X-ray sources; timeseries analysis Research Fellow ESAC
G Carlos Gabriel XMM-Newton SAS XMM-Newton ESAC
  Francisco J. Galindo Stars; low mass stars; brown dwarfs; open clusters PhD student CAB
  Pedro Garcia Lario Stellar evolution; AGB to PNe evolution; IR observations Herschel ESAC
  Macarena Garcia Marin   JWST STScI
  Bernhard Geiger Statistical and numerical techniques for scientific data analysis MEX; VEX; Rosetta ESAC
  Giovanna Giardino   JWST ESTEC
  Pedro Gomez Gravitational-lensed QSOs Euclid ESAC
  Philippe Gondoin Cool stars; stellar activity and open clusters PLATO ESTEC
  Beatriz Gonzalez Garcia   XMM-Newton ESAC
  Rosario Gonzalez Riestra Cataclysmic variables; classical novae; recurrent novae; symbiotic stars XMM-Newton ESAC
  Björn Grieger Planetary surfaces Rosetta ESAC
  Victoria Grinberg X-ray binaries; accretion geometry and jets; stellar winds in high mass stars; X-ray and gamma-ray polarization; spectro-timing analysis; high resolution spectroscopy XMM-Newton ESTEC
  Anik de Groof Solar physics; EUV coronal heating; coronal loops; space weather in EUV imaging; solar EUV instrumentation PROBA2; Solar Orbiter ESAC
  Meiert Grootes Extragalactic objects Research Fellow ESTEC
  Matteo Guainazzi AGN; Seyfert galaxies; narrow line regions; radio galaxies; General Relativity; accretion disks Athena ESTEC
H David Heather   PSA ESAC
  Ana Heras Detection and characterisation of exoplanets; stellar activity and exoplanets; debris disks Plato ESTEC
  Raymond Hoofs Planetary science operations; experiment operations; Venus; comets VEX ESAC
  Nuria Huelamo Young stellar objects; brown dwarfs; exosolar planets; proto-planetary disks   CAB
I Aitor Ibarra Ibaibarriaga Highly obscured sources; IGR J16318-4848 XMM-Newton ESAC
  Kate Isaak   CHEOPS ESTEC
J Fred Jansen     ESTEC
  Francisco Jiménez-Esteban Stellar evolution; AGB; post-AGB; LBV; Virtual Observatory   CAB
  Oliver Jennrich Gravitational Waves, precision metrology, gravitational physics LISA Pathfinder, L3 theme "The gravitational Universe", Suzaku ESTEC
K Eleni Kalfountzou
AGN and host galaxy evolution; radio-jets; AGN feedback;
far-IR/submm; X-ray; optical spectroscopy
Research Fellow (XMM-Newton) ESAC
  Sarah Kendrew High-mass star formation in the Milky Way; stellar feedback; galaxy evolution at high z; citizen science JWST STScI
  Martin Kessler     ESAC
  Mark Kidger Photometric calibration; comets; blazars Herschel ESAC
  Ralf Kohley Gaia calibration; novel imaging detectors Euclid ESAC
  Detlef Koschny Meteors, asteroids Phobus Sample Return, SSA ESTEC
  Peter Kretschmar Accreting X-ray pulsars; cyclotron lines; pulse profiles Integral, XMM-Newton ESAC
  Michael Kueppers Cometary Physics; asteroids Rosetta ESAC
  Erik Kuulkers X-ray binaries; Galactic bulge monitoring; X-ray bursts Integral ESTEC
L Harri Laakso   Cluster ESTEC
  Uwe Lammers Astrometry; Gaia self-calibration; general relativity in the context of Gaia Gaia ESAC
  Rene Laureijs   Euclid ESTEC
  Danny Lennon Stellar evolution; winds; rotation; binary systems and magnetic fields; massive stars in nearby galaxies; the Magellanic Clouds; 30 Doradus; Galactic Center SRE-OO Division Head ESAC
  Maggie Lieu Galaxy clusters; weak gravitational lensing; cosmology; Bayesian statistics Research Fellow (Euclid) ESAC
  Tanya Lim   ExoMars ESAC
  Nora Loiseau Interacting galaxies XMM-Newton ESAC
  Belen Lopez Low-mass stars and brown dwarfs; star formation; extrasolar planets; optical and infrared astronomy; space astronomy   ESAC
  Marcos López-Caniego Cosmology, cosmic microwave background; gravitational lensing; radio and sub-mm sources; compact sources Planck ESAC
  Mauro Lopez Del Fresno Classification techniques for variable stars   CAB
  Rosario Lorente Magnetic activity in late type stars   ESAC
  Alvaro Llorente   SMOS ESAC
  Nora Luetzgendorf   JWST STScI
  David Lumb (retired) X-ray cluster observations; instrumentation Athena ESTEC
M Jesús Maíz Apellániz Massive stars; massive young clusters; interstellar lines and extinction; surveys; photometric calibration   CAB
  Nicolas Manaud Software; Mars; mapping; planetary data; data validation; geometry; archiving MEX ESAC
  Julia Marín-Yaseli de la Parra Cometary science; coma dust particles MEX ESAC
  Anthony Marston Evolved massive stars; Wolf-Rayet stars; interaction with environment JWST STScI
  Patrick Martin Mars; planetary surface composition; remote sensing; mineralogy MEX; VEX ESAC
  Raul Martin Lesma Astronomical electronics and instrumentation Gaia ESAC
  Santa Martinez Planetary data; science archives BepiColombo ESAC
  Juan-Manuel Martin-Fleitas Astronomical instrumentation Gaia ESAC
  Miguel Mas Hesse Starburst galaxies; formation and evolution of massive stars; synthetic spectral energy distributions; space instrumentation   CAB
  Arnaud Masson Space plasma physics, Sun-Earth connection, natural plasma waves Cluster ESAC
  Mark McCaughrean     ESTEC
  Paul McNamara Gravitational waves, data analysis, instrument characterisation, interferometry design and operation LISA Pathfinder ESTEC
  Luis Mendes Cosmic microwave background; sosmological isotropy; gravitational waves Planck ESAC
  Ignacio Mendigutía Star and planet formation; protoplanetary disks; star-disk-planet interactions; Herbig Ae/Be stars; high spatial resolution techniques Gaia CAB
  Bruno Merín Star formation; protoplanetary disks and planet formation; IR astronomy ESDC ESAC
  Donald Merritt Systems engineering; geology; planetary astronomy; spacecraft operations VEX ESAC
  Leo Metcalfe Gravitational lensing; Deep galaxy surveys in IR; Clusters of galaxies Herschel; ExoMars ESAC
  Harold Metselaar Mathematician; spectrometers Rosetta ESAC
  Helen Middleton Planetary atmospheres and ionospheres BepiColombo ESAC
  Simone Migliari   XMM-Newton ESAC
  Matteo Miluzio   Euclid ESAC
  Giovanni Miniutti X-ray astronomy; AGN; X-ray binaries; black holes; neutron stars; accretion discs; general relativity   CAB
  Richard Moissl     ESAC
  Benjamin Montesinos Proto-planetary disks; activity cycles in late-type stars; hydrodynamics of gas in the penumbra of sunspots   CAB
  Alcione Mora Astronomical instrumentation; star formation Gaia ESAC
  Maria Morales Calderon     CAB
  Daniel Müller Solar physics: numerical modelling, data visualisation, spectropolarimetry Solar Orbiter ESTEC
  Michela Muñoz Fernández   ExoMars ESAC
N Vicente Navarro Computational methods ESDC ESAC
  Federico Nespoli VIRTIS; PFS; spectroscopy VEX ESAC
  Jan-Uwe Ness Supersoft X-ray binary sources; classical novae; stellar coronae; high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy XMM-Newton ESAC
O Eduardo Ojero Pascual Software development for astronomical data XMM-Newton ESAC
  Larry O'Rourke   PLATO ESAC
  Iñaki Ortiz de Landaluce   BepiColombo ESAC
  Pedro Osuna Alcalaya Colliding wind binaries; VO Solar Orbiter ESAC
P Pablo Pardo Voss Science operations MEX ESAC
  Arvind Parmar X-ray astronomy; X-ray binaries particulaly low-mass X-ray dippers XMM-Newton, INTEGRAL, EXOSAT ESTEC
  Jose Vicente Perea Calderon Stellar Evolution; AGB to PNe evolution; IR observations XMM-Newton ESAC
  Fernando Perez Cometary physics BepiColombo ESAC
  Miguel Perez Ayucar Solar observatory; Venus; Titan; bistatic radar; interplanetary media scintillation VEX ESAC
  Ricardo Perez Martinez Gravitational lensing; galaxy clusters; deep IR surveys XMM-Newton ESAC
  Denise Perrone Turbulence; dissipation in solar wind; kinetic effects in collisionless plasmas; coherent structures Research Fellow (Solar Orbiter) ESAC
  Göran Pilbratt   Herschel ESTEC
  Janine Pforr Evolution of galaxies with cosmic time through their properties, such as their mass, age and rate of star formation, using multi-wavelength surveys and galaxy template model fitting Research Fellow ESTEC
  Timo Prusti Young Stars; Disks; Clusters and Clouds in Gould Belt Gaia ESTEC
  Elena Puga Formation of high-mass stars Herschel ESAC
  Mercedes Ramos   Gaia ESAC
  Tim Rawle Galaxy clusters; gravitational lensing; high redshift galaxies; Herschel surveys JWST STScI
  Stefan Remus Remote sensing VEX ESAC
  Miriam Rengel   Herschel ESAC
  Alana Rivera   Research Fellow (Herschel) ESAC
  Owen Roberts Solar science Research Fellow ESTEC
  Carlos Rodrigo Virtual observatory standards, theoretical models, applications VO CAB
  Pedro Rodriguez Pascual AGN; line emitting gas; star forming processes; solar system bodies in X-rays XMM-Newton ESAC
  Regina Rudawska Planetary science Research Fellow ESTEC
S Emilio Salazar Artificial Intelligence in astronomy; high energy physics   ESAC
  Luis Sanchez Solar physics; helioseismology; solar cycle Solar Orbiter ESAC
  Carmen Sanchez Contreras AGB stars; pre-planetary nebulae; planetary nebulae   CAB
  Celia Sanchez Fernandez Low-mass X-ray binaries; X-ray bursts Integral ESAC
  Maria Santos Lleo AGN; multi-wavelength spectroscopy of Seyfert 1 galaxies XMM-Newton ESAC
  Jorge Sanz Forcada Stellar coronae; X-rays from hot stars; effects of X-rays in planetary atmospheres   CAB
  Richard Saxton AGN; X-ray flaring galaxies; tidal disruption of stars by supermassive BHs; XMM-Newton Slew Survey XMM-Newton ESAC
  Norbert Schartel X-ray emission of AGNs; X-ray weak quasars; relativistically broad iron line around black holes; ionized absorbers XMM-Newton ESAC
  Albrecht Schmidt Data management; data analysis Planetary ESAC
  Rita Schulz Cometary Science and minor bodies   ESTEC
  Elliot Sefton-Nash Planetary geology & remote sensing: surface properties (thermophysical, morphological, mineralogical), surface-atmosphere interaction, volatiles, habitability, computational methods, planetary GIS ExoMars ESTEC
  Hassan Siddiqui Galaxy clusters; AGN Gaia ESAC
  Michael Smith X-ray and radio observations; supernova remnants XMM-Newton ESAC
  Enrique Solano Brown dwarfs; starforming regions; VO   CAB
  Anamarija Stankov Asterosismology; stellar interiors; stellar oscillations BepiColombo ESTEC
  Craig Stephenson History of celestial mechanics; three-body problem and periodic orbits   ESAC
  Martin Stuhlinger AGN; X-ray variability of quasars; 3C 273; X-ray Binaries; Vela X-1 XMM-Newton ESAC
  Håkan Svedhem   ExoMars, Venus Express ESTEC
T Antonio Talavera Iniesta Stellar winds and mass loss in A-type supergiants; chromospheres in A/F type stars; spectroscopy of Herbig Ae/Be stars; protoplanetary disks in PMS stars XMM-Newton ESAC
  Jan Tauber Structure and composition of the diffuse Galactic Interstellar Medium using data from Planck and/or balloon-based observatories. CMB cosmology using Planck data products Planck ESTEC
  Matt Taylor Space plasma physics, predominently magnetospheric boundary layers using multi-spacecraft and multi-mission data sets Rosetta, Cluster ESTEC
  David Teyssier Massive star formation; astro-chemistry of the interstellar medium Herschel , Gaia ESAC
  Christopher Tibbs   Research Fellow ESTEC
  Dmitriy Titov Planetary atmospheres and surfaces, remote sensing Mars Express, Venus Express ESTEC
  Laura Tomas Cosmic X-ray background; AGN XMM-Newton ESAC
  Sergio Toledo Redondo Magnetic reconnection; solar wind/magnetosphere coupling; atmospheric electricity; Schumann resonances Research Fellow (Solar Orbiter) ESAC
  Frank Tramper Massive stars; stellar winds; pre-supernova evolution; stellar atmospheres Research Fellow ESAC
  Lucile Turc Magnetic clouds, which are huge flux ropes ejected from the Sun during violent eruptions, and how they interact with the Earth's environment Research Fellow ESTEC
V Jorge Vago   Exomars ESTEC
  Claire Vallat Cometary science Rosetta ESAC
  Ivan Valtchanov Galaxy clusters and groups; large-scale structure; cosmology; multi-wavelength observations Herschel ESAC
  Wouter van Reeven Galaxies; galaxy clusters Gaia ESAC
  Juan Angel Vaquerizo     CAB
  Roland Vavrek Interstellar medium; molecular clouds; wavelet image analysis Euclid ESAC
  Jose Luis Vazquez   Rosetta ESAC
  Javier Ventura-Traveset Scientific aspects of GNSS / Satellite Navigation, including General relativity, relativistic positioning, ionosphere / space weather, metrology, etc Galileo, EGNOS, NAVISP ESAC
  Eva Verdugo Rodrigo A-type supergiants; T Tauri stars Herschel ESAC
W Andrew Walsh Space plasma physics; terrestrial magnetosphere; magnetotail structure and dynamics; solar wind Solar Orbiter ESAC
  Dave Williams   Solar Orbiter ESAC
  Olivier Witasse Planetary atmospheres JUICE ESTEC
Y Japheth Yates Comparative planetology; magnetospheres; gas giant planets Research Fellow ESAC
Z Joe Zender Solar physics, terrestrial planets, metor physics (spectral analysis) Proba, BepiColombo ESTEC
  Yannis Zouganelis   Solar Orbiter ESAC