I am a Mexican-German computational astrophysicist. My research is centred on the problem of galaxy formation and evolution. My goal is to understand how galaxies acquire and process the matter from which they form and grow. The approach I follow consists in trying to understand the observed properties of galaxies in the real Universe through complex numerical models. My activity is focused on --but not restricted to-- designing, running and analysing the outcome of N-body, gravito-hydrodynamic simulations.
I started my education at the Alexander-von-Humboldt Schule in Mexico-City, and continued it at the Colegio Alemán de Guadalajara until graduation. I studied Physics (B.Sc.) at the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla (UDLAP) in the beautiful town of Cholula, after which I moved to Germany, and obtained my Masters Degree (M.Sc) in Physics and later my Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Dr.rer.nat) in Astrophysics from the Georg-August Universität zu Göttingen. I spent a couple of years as a teaching assistant, and later as a research associate at the Institut für Physik und Astronomie of the Universität Potsdam (Potsdam) in the Extragalactic Astrophysics group, lead by Prof. Dr. Philipp Richter. My work during this period centred on the study of the intergalactic medium (IGM) using absorption spectroscopy, in close collaboration with Prof. Joop Schaye from the Leiden Observatory.
I am native in Spanish and German, and fluent in English and Italian. I use the Mac OS and UNIX/LINUX operating systems in my everyday activities. I have advanced knowledge of Fortran (77/90), ANSI C, Python, and LaTeX, and a working knowledge in parallel computing (OpenMPI); strong analytic skills and problem-solving oriented thinking.
Above all, I am extremely passionate about practicing sports. In particular, I am a dedicated long-distance runner, a regular surfer, an occasional snowboarder (winter-conditions permitted) and rock climber; and a PADI certified advanced open water diver. Informal soccer playing and (beach) volleyball are on the list as well. And I just started skateboarding again, after a nearly 20 year break.