I was awarded an €2M ERC Starting Grant in 2016, which started in March 2017. This supports my research on a project called 'Fundamental Physics Using Black Widow, Redback and Transitional Pulsar Binaries' until the end of 2021.
I also conduct some research in food security and run a project call Parthenium in Pakistan support by the Global Challenges Research Fund, which is aimed at tracking this invasive species on large scale in order to help control its spread. I work with scientists at an NGO called CABI.
I enjoy practicing (and watching) sports in my spare time; it keeps my mind and body sane. I like a variety of them such as running, hiking, volleyball, ice hockey, football. I really got into road cycling during my years in Toronto around 2009.
Other than that, I love music (the listening bit, as I have no talent whatsoever to play), photography, geeking around with techno stuff, tea, coffee, wine, and many more thing...
I'm a multi-wavelength astrophysicist but I like to think of myself as an observer/applied theorist as a lot of my work lies at the frontier between observational science and theory.
My research themes revolve around neutron stars and pulsars, transients, binary systems, tests of gravity and neutron star equation of state. I also do some digital instrumentation in the radio now.
I fell in love with astronomy when I was a little boy and spent countless nights stargazing and dreaming about becoming a professional astronomer while I was growing up.
Here's a few facts about me:
I (try) to maintain a webpage dedicated to the double pulsar.
astrophysicist, keen cyclist, self-assumed geek