Welcome to my personal website. I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Center for Space and Habitability, University of Bern, Switzerland. I obtained my interdisciplinary PhD at the API Institute for Astronomy, University of Amsterdam and the Department of Earth Sciences, Vrije University Amsterdam. My current research interests are rocky exoplanetary interiors and geochemical cycles.
The extra-solar planets, or exoplanets, are the planets outside our solar system. There are more than 1000 billion exoplanets in our galaxy alone. Some of these exoplanets are like our Earth and it is not so strange to think that at least a few of them can harbour alien life! As a scientist, I am interested in investigating the chemical composition of the rocks and the atmospheres of these exoplanets.
Previously, I have worked in the high-pressure laboratory of Vrije University to study the minerals and their phases present in the interior of rocky exoplanets by performing high-pressure-temperature laboratory experiments. I have also performed computations to theoretically study the interior structure of rocky exoplanets and their mass-radius relations.
|False-color electron microprobe image of an experimental run-product at the pressure of 2 GPa and the temperature of 1550 °C. Yellow region is carbon-rich sulfur-poor iron and light-blue region is sulfur-rich carbon-poor iron.||Density of material in the interior of exoplanet CoRoT-7b. Yellow region is the iron core and blue region is the silicate mantle of CoRoT-7b.|
I currently live the wonderful city of Bern in Switzerland. Previously, I obtained my master's degree in Astrophysics from KU Leuven, Belgium and my bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, India. I have also lived in another beautiful city, Mumbai, for a couple of years working for an investment bank, Nomura.