Faculty members

The faculty extends over the two main establishments,

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     ESAC
  Julia Alfonso-Garzón Operation and archive exploitation for Integral/OMC; variable object light curves   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
  Nuria Alvarez AGN; blazars; x-ray astronomy Research Fellow (XMM-Newton) 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)

  Christophe Arviset   Division Head SCI-OP ESAC
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
  Sebastià Barceló Forteza Asteroseismology; variable stars, oscillations (including pulsations); solar-type stars   CAB
  David Barrado y Navascués Brown dwarfs; low-mass stars   CAB
  Laia Barrufet High-z universe; submm galaxies, dusty star-forming galaxies, Dust Obscured Galaxies; multi-wavelength extragalactic surveys; SED fitting codes Research Fellow (Euclid) 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
  Michel Breitfellner     ESAC
  Jon Brumfitt Software architecture, functional programming; astronomical mission planning; electronics ExoMars, PLATO ESAC
C José Antonio Caballero Stars: binaries: visual; stars: brown dwarfs; stars: low-mass; Galaxy: open clusters and associations   CAB
  Luigi Cacciapuoti Space-based tests of general relativity and quantum mechanics with atomic clocks; matter-wave interferometers; space-to-ground links relying on classical and entangled states of light ACES ESTEC
  Ignacio de la Calle AGN; blazars; TeV astronomy XMM-Newton ESAC
  Hector Canovas Pre-Main Sequence (T Tauri, Herbig Ae/Be) stars; protoplanetary disks; planet-disk interactions; high contrast imaging; imaging polarimetry; sub-mm interferometry Research Fellow (Gaia) ESAC
  Alejandro Cardesin Moinelo Terrestrial Planets: Mars and Venus, Planetary Atmospheres, Remote Sensing, Spectroscopy, Spacecraft and Planetary Geometry VEX, MEX, ExoMars and JUICE ESAC
  Miguel Cerviño Synthetic modelling of stellar populations; massive stars; Virtual Observatory   CAB
  Daniela Coia Galaxy clusters ExoMars ESAC
  Luigi Colangeli   Coordination ESTEC
  Luca Conversi (sub)mm cosmology; cosmic microwave background; cosmic IR background Euclid ESAC
  Thomas Cornet Planetary surface processes; thermodynamics; landscape evolution; icy moons BepiColombo ESAC
  Miriam Cortés Contreras     CAB
  Marc Costa i Sitjà Solar system science operations development; planetary data; orbital mechanics; atmosphere dynamics VEX ESAC
  Nicolas Crouzet Exoplanets: detection by transits, observation of atmospheres, Photometric surveys, instrumentation, Astronomy & Astrophysics from Antarctica JWST ESTEC
  Cian Crowley     ESAC
  Maria Angeles Cuevas Planetary geology; comets; planetary science operations Rosetta ESAC
D Arancha Delgado Álvarez     CAB
  Albert Domingo Garau INTEGRAL/OMC; detectors; photometric techniques; variable stars   CAB
  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 Susana Fernandez Garcia AGN; planetary astronomy; stellar astrophysics XMM-Newton ESAC
  Pierre Ferruit   JWST ESTEC
  Florian Fillol     ESAC
  Bernhard Fleck   Soho GSFC
  Emmet Fletcher Conjunction and re-entry prediction for Earth-orbiting spacecraft; fragmentation modelling; spacecraft / civil population protection   ESAC
  Rune Floberghagen   Division Head SCI-OO ESAC
  Bernard Foing Moon, Mars, planetary, astrobiology, solar-stellar, exoplanets, techniques & instruments SMART-1 ESTEC
  Diego Fraga Planetary data archiving; data formats, data processing and calibration; software development for space applications; optical instruments. Rosetta ESAC
  Emilio Fraile Earth Observation, Remote Sensing; Fundamental Physics, Gravitational Waves, Black Hole Physics; Fermi Paradox; Earth-like Planets Gaia ESAC
  David Frew   Rosetta ESAC
G Carlos Gabriel XMM-Newton SAS XMM-Newton ESAC
  Julio Gallegos Alvarado     ESAC
  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
  Margherita Giustini X-rays; accretion disks; active galaxies; super massive blach holes and quasars   CAB
  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
  Charlotte Götz Plasma physics Rosetta, Comet Interceptor ESTEC
  Georgina Graham Heliophysics; solar wind; plasma physics Research Fellow (Solar Orbiter) ESAC
  Björn Grieger Planetary surfaces Rosetta ESAC
  Anik de Groof Solar physics; EUV coronal heating; coronal loops; space weather in EUV imaging; solar EUV instrumentation PROBA2; Solar Orbiter ESAC
  Matteo Guainazzi AGN; Seyfert galaxies; narrow line regions; radio galaxies; General Relativity; accretion disks Athena ESTEC
H Lina Hadid Plasma physics, planetary science, solar wind, planetary magnetospheres, icy moons, dusts, in-situ fields and particle measurements, data analysis JUICE ESTEC
  Günther Hasinger

Compact objects; X-ray background and cosmology

Director SCI ESAC
  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 Huélamo Young stellar objects; brown dwarfs; exosolar planets; proto-planetary disks   CAB
  Hans Huybrighs Galilean moons: atmospheres and magnetospheric interactions JUICE ESTEC
I Aitor Ibarra Ibaibarriaga Highly obscured sources; IGR J16318-4848 XMM-Newton ESAC
  Kate Isaak   CHEOPS ESTEC
J Alexander James The Sun; Coronal Mass Ejection (CME); space weather Research Fellow (Solar Orbiter) ESAC
  Fred Jansen     ESTEC
  Oliver Jennrich Gravitational Waves, precision metrology, gravitational physics LISA Pathfinder, L3 theme "The gravitational Universe", Suzaku ESTEC
  Francisco Jiménez-Esteban Stellar evolution; AGB; post-AGB; LBV; Virtual Observatory   CAB
K 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
  Markus Kissler-Patig Exoplanets; astrobiology; optical/near-infrared telescopes and instrumentation Department Head SCI-O 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
  Sandor Kruk Galaxy morphology Euclid 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 ESAC
  Álvaro Labiano James Webb Space Telescope; AGN   CAB
  Uwe Lammers Astrometry; Gaia self-calibration; general relativity in the context of Gaia Gaia ESAC
  Rene Laureijs Interstellar Medium; Cosmology with Euclid Euclid ESTEC
  Tanya Lim   ExoMars ESAC
  Nora Loiseau Interacting galaxies XMM-Newton ESAC
  Oliver Lomax Star formation, protostars JWST 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
  Rosario Lorente Magnetic activity in late type stars   ESAC
  Alvaro Llorente   SMOS ESAC
  Nora Luetzgendorf   JWST STScI
M Alan Macfarlane Planetary science; data visualisation and modelling BepiColombo ESAC
  Jesús Maíz Apellániz Massive stars; massive young clusters; interstellar lines and extinction; surveys; photometric calibration   CAB
  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
  Fernando Martin Porqueras     ESAC
  Santa Martinez Planetary data; science archives BepiColombo ESAC
  Juan-Manuel Martin-Fleitas Astronomical instrumentation Gaia ESAC
  J. Miguel Mas-Hesse Astronomical instrumentation, methods and techniques; astrobiology; starburst galaxies; high redshift galaxies   CAB
  Arnaud Masson Space plasma physics, Sun-Earth connection, natural plasma waves Cluster ESAC
  Gabriele Matzeu AGN; X-ray spectroscopy; Ultra Fast Outflows; AGN feedback; accretion physics Research Fellow (XMM-Newton) 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   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
  Lionel Metrailler Radiation data analysis; Earth radiation belt modeling Integral ESAC
  Harold Metselaar Mathematician; spectrometers   ESTEC
  Daniel Michalik Astrometry; Bayesian inference; Gaia; TGAS Gaia ESTEC
  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
  María Morales Calderón     CAB
  Daniel Müller Solar physics: numerical modelling, data visualisation, spectropolarimetry Solar Orbiter ESTEC
  Carlos Muniz Solaz     ESAC
  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
  Antonella Nota Star clusters and nebulae HST STScI
O Eduardo Ojero Pascual Software development for astronomical data XMM-Newton ESAC
  Lyndsay Old Galaxy clusters; galaxy evolution; cosmology; large-scale structure Research Fellow ESAC
  Joana S. Oliveira Planetary magnetic fields BepiColombo ESTEC
  Larry O'Rourke   PLATO ESAC
  Iñaki Ortiz de Landaluce   BepiColombo ESAC
  Pedro Osuna Alcalaya Heliophysics; Exospheric Solar Wind acceleration; Plasma Physics Solar Orbiter ESAC
P Michael Parker X-ray spectroscopy and timing; accretion physics and strong gravity; AGN and X-ray binaries; AGN feedback Research Fellow (XMM-Newton) 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
  Ana Pérez García     CAB
  Ricardo Perez Martinez Gravitational lensing; galaxy clusters; deep IR surveys XMM-Newton ESAC
  Göran Pilbratt   Herschel ESTEC
  Ciro Pinto Astrophysics of accreting black holes and compact objects within the context of galactic feedback XMM-Newton; Athena ESTEC
  Timo Prusti Young Stars; Disks; Clusters and Clouds in Gould Belt Gaia ESTEC
  Elena Puga Formation of high-mass stars JWST STScI
R Mercedes Ramos   Gaia ESAC
  Tim Rawle Galaxy clusters; gravitational lensing; high redshift galaxies; Herschel surveys JWST STScI
  Stefan Remus Remote sensing   ESTEC
  Miriam Rengel   Herschel ESAC
  Carlos Rodrigo Virtual observatory standards, theoretical models, applications   CAB
  Pedro Rodriguez Pascual AGN; line emitting gas; star forming processes; solar system bodies in X-rays XMM-Newton ESAC
  Ottaviano Ruesch 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 Sánchez 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
  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
  Marco Sirianni JWST calibration; optical and IR detectors JWST STScI
  Linda Smith Massive stars; super star clusters; stellar feedback HST STScI
  Michael Smith X-ray and radio observations; supernova remnants XMM-Newton ESAC
  Enrique Solano Astronomical databases; virtual observatory tools; asteroids; brown dwarfs   CAB
  Anezina Solomonidou Geology of icy moons; surface evolution; interior dynamics Research Fellow (JUICE) ESAC
  Paule Sonnentrucker Molecular astrophysics and ices in space; interstellar medium and dust; star formation HST STScI
  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
  Damien Texier   Division Head SCI-OD ESAC
  David Teyssier Massive star formation; astro-chemistry of the interstellar medium Herschel , Gaia ESAC
  Dmitriy Titov Planetary atmospheres and surfaces, remote sensing Mars Express, Venus Express ESTEC
  Laura Tomas Cosmic X-ray background; AGN XMM-Newton ESAC
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
  Roland Vavrek Interstellar medium; molecular clouds; wavelet image analysis Euclid 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
  Martin Voelker Planetary geology; planetary surface processes; remote sensing; geography Research Fellow (Exomars) ESAC
W Andrew Walsh Space plasma physics; terrestrial magnetosphere; magnetotail structure and dynamics; solar wind Solar Orbiter ESAC
  Dave Williams Solar and heliospheric physics Solar Orbiter ESAC
  Olivier Witasse Planetary atmospheres JUICE ESTEC
Z Joe Zender Solar physics, terrestrial planets, metor physics (spectral analysis) Proba, BepiColombo ESTEC
  Alice Zocchi Globular clusters Research Fellow ESTEC
  Yannis Zouganelis   Solar Orbiter ESAC