Welcome to my homepage. I am an assistant research professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the United States.
My current research interests are centered around planet formation, and its implications for exoplanetary sciences and our Solar System. I mainly employ theoretical and computational astrophysics to study the research topics in order to resolve difficulties in the theory of planet formation and inform current and future observations of protoplanetary disks and explorations of the Solar System. Specifically, I am focusing on understanding processes that may affect the formation of kilometer-scale planetesimals in protoplanetary disks, one of the most difficult stages in the course of planet formation. These processes include, but are not limited to, dust-gas interactions, hydrodynamics and magneto-hydrodynamics of protoplanetary disks, and gravitational collapse of a pebble cloud. I am a developer of both the Pencil Code and Athena++, publicly available computational codes for astrophysical fluids and particles, which I use to simulate complex systems as needed.
In addition, my interests extend to other areas, such as galactic dynamics and the interstellar medium.
|2020–present||Assistant Research Professor||University of Nevada, Las Vegas|
|2017–2020||Postdoctoral Scholar||University of Nevada, Las Vegas|
|2014–2017||Senior Research Fellow||Lund University|
|2012–2014||Postdoctoral Fellow||Lund University|
|2010–2012||Postdoctoral Scholar||University of California, Santa Cruz|
|2010||Ph.D.||University of Illinois|
|2003–2004||Research Assistant||Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica|
|2003||M.S.||National Taiwan University|
|1998||B.S.||National Taiwan University|