Ph.D. Astronomy, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2002
Thesis: Mass loss and dust formation around oxygen-rich evolved stars
Advisors: Prof. L.B.F.M. Waters, Prof. A.G.G.M. Tielens, Dr. A. de Koter

M.Sc. Astronomy, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 1997
Thesis: The thermal and chemical balance of the interstellar medium near cool stars
Advisor: Prof. E.F. van Dishoeck

Professional Appointments

Associate Research Fellow, Academia Sinica, 2010 – current

Lecturer of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, 2006 – 2011

Assistant Professor of Astronomy, University of Virginia, 2005 – 2006

Spitzer Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002 – 2004

Highlighted Professional Experience

PI SAGE-Spec Spitzer Legacy program, 1/2006 – current

PI ALMA Band 1, 6/2012 – current

Project Scientist SPICA-Taiwan, 1/2012 – current

Co-Project Manager ALMA-Taiwan, 6/2011 – current

Research Theme coordinator "The Life Cycle of Matter", University of Manchester 9/2009 – 9/2010

Chair of the SOC/LOC, The Life Cycle of Dust in the Universe: Observations, Theory, and Laboratory Experiments, Taipei, Taiwan, 18-22 November 2013

Grants & Awards as a Principal Investigator

Academia Sinica Research Award for Junior Research Investigators, 2014 &n: US$ 10K research funding; and a personal award

Academia Sinica Career Development Award, 2012 – 2016: The Life Cycle of Dust in Galaxies: US$ 310K

NSC Junior Researcher Project Grant, 2011 – 2013: The Life Cycle of Matter in the Magellanic Clouds: US$ 50K

Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 2008 – 2010: Crystallization of silicates in space: US$ 53K

Spitzer General Observing programs, Cycle 4, NASA, 2007: SAGE-Spectroscopy: The Life Cycle of Gas and Dust in the Large Magellanic Cloud: US$ 876.2K

Spitzer General Observing programs, Cycle 1, NASA, 2004: The O-rich condensation sequence at low metallicity: Large Magellanic Cloud AGB and post-AGB stars: US$ 43.4K

Spitzer Fellowship, NASA, 2002 – 2004: The composition and evolution of dust in astrophysical environments


Dutch (native)

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French (intermediate)

Portuguese (pre-intermediate)

Chinese: Mandarin (beginner)

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