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About Us


LEAPS is co-organised by post-doctoral researchers and research fellows at Leiden Observatory and the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Netherlands. The 2023 summer school is being run by Dr. Guadalupe Canas-Herrera (ESA/ESTEC), Dr. Nicolas Crouzet (Leiden Observatory), Dr. Zephyr Penoyre (Leiden Observatory), Dr. Piyush Sharda (Leiden Observatory), and Dr. Pavithraa Sundararajan (Leiden Observatory).

Guadalupe is a post-doctoral researcher at ESA/ESTEC and completed her PhD in 2022 at Leiden University. Her research focuses on constraining cosmological models using observational data. She is also a member of the ESA Euclid mission team.

Nicolas' research focuses on the search and characterisation of extrasolar planets.

Zephyr is a post-doctoral researcher in the group of Elena Rossi at Leiden Observatory. Before joining the group, they finished their PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2022. Their research interests include galaxy evolution and dynamics.

Piyush is an Oort Fellow Leiden Observatory. He completed his PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra in 2022. His research focuses on different aspects of star formation, interstellar medium, and galaxy evolution.

Pavithraa is a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Leiden Observatory, an experimental astrochemist. She completed her PhD in 2020 in NCTU, Taiwan on the infrared spectroscopy of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the interstellar medium. At present she is working at the Laboratory for Astrophysics (LfA) on the Photo-dissociation and fragmentation of PAHs in space.

Astronomy Faculty & Staff

You may find more information on the current faculty and staff at Leiden Observatory here.