Group Members

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Adrian Hamers
Group Leader

Dr. Hamers obtained his PhD in Computational Astrophysics under supervision of Simon Portegies Zwart and Hagai Perets at Leiden University in 2016. He worked at the IAS in Princeton NJ as a postdoctoral fellow between 2016 and 2019. Since the fall of 2019, he leads a Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics. His main research interests are stellar and planetary dynamics and evolution. 

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Patrick Neunteufel
Postdoc

Dr. Neunteufel obtained his PhD in Astrophysics from the Argelander Institut für Astronomie at the University of Bonn under the supervision of Prof. Norbert Langer and Prof. Sung-Chul Yoon from Seoul National University in 2017. He continued his work on progenitors of SNe Ia and related transients In Bonn until 2019, followed by a brief stay at the University of Leicester. His research interests include the evolution of supernova progenitors, hypervelocity runaway stars, and binary and multiple stellar systems.

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Holly Preece
Postdoc

Dr. Preece obtained her PhD in Astrophysics in 2019 working collaboratively with the University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy and Armagh Observatory and Planetarium under the supervision of Prof. Chris Tout and Prof. Simon Jeffery. Her research interests include the tidal interactions, hot subdwarf B stars, asteroseismology as well as the structure and evolution of single and multiple star systems across all regions of the HR diagram.

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Pavan Vynatheya
PhD Student

Pavan completed his BS-MS dual degree in Physics at IISER Kolkata, India, in 2020. He did his Master thesis on the pattern speeds of barred galaxies, under the supervision of Dr. Kanak Saha at IUCAA, Pune, India.

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Abinaya Swaruba Rajamuthukumar
PhD Student

Abinaya completed her Masters in physics at Christ University Bangalore, India. She did her Master thesis on a high-resolution spectroscopic study of blue stragglers in the open cluster M67 under the supervision of Prof. Gajendra Pandey at IIA, Bangalore, India. Her research interests include stellar evolution, binary white dwarfs, and gravitational waves.