After obtaining a BSc and MSc degree in physics at the University of Amsterdam, I received a PhD in astrophysics from Leiden University in 2015. In October 2015, I moved to the University of Chicago as a postdoc to join the Earths in Other Solar Systems research effort (part of NASA's Nexus for Exoplanetary System Science), a program that aims to understand the formation of habitable Earth-like planets. In 2017, I was awarded a Hubble Fellowship to continue my research at the University of Chicago.
I study the early stages of planet formation, where microscopic dust particles coalesce to form km-size planetesimals, the building blocks of planets. In particular, I am interested in how the dust's evolution influences the distribution of important volatiles (e.g., water, organics) in the protoplanetary nebula.
Krijt, S., Ormel, C. W., Dominik, C., and Tielens, A. G. G. M. (2016) A panoptic model for planetesimal formation and pebble delivery. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 586, A20 [ADS]