Technical University of Denmark


Meet the Team

Current Members

Lars A. Buchhave

Characterizing exoplanets with emphasis on terrestrial planets, super-Earths, and sub-Neptunes

“My main research interests encompass discovery, validation, and precise mass measurements of transiting and non-transiting planets to understand their composition and structure and observation and characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres. Additionally, I am interested in host star metallicities and how these affect planet formation.”

Hannah Diamond-Lowe
Senior Researcher

Ground- and space-based observations of small exoplanets

“There are more planets than stars in the Milky Way, and Earth-sized exoplanets are the most common. Fully understanding the nature of these worlds requires exploring their atmospheres. I observe the terrestrial exoplanets closest to us at optical and infrared wavelengths in order to measure their atmospheric properties.”

João M. Mendonça
Senior Researcher

General theory of planetary atmospheres & planetary modeler

“My research focuses mainly on the development of models to understand planetary climates and atmospheric circulations, to search and characterize Earth-like exoplanets and look for signs of life on habitable worlds.”

Thea Kozakis

“My research focuses on modeling the climate and photochemistry of terrestrial planetary atmospheres to study how signs of life would change around different host stars. I am also particularly interested in planetary systems around white dwarfs.”

Alexander Dybdahl Rathcke
Carlsberg Postdoc Fellow

“My research is driven by the intriguing possibilities within exoplanetary atmospheres, which are pivotal for addressing key questions of planetary formation, evolution, and habitability. Now, with the capabilities of the James Webb Space Telescope, my primary focus is on observing Earth-sized planets orbiting M-dwarf stars, to determine if they can retain their atmospheres in the harsh environments of their host stars.”

Wencheng Shao

“I mainly use theoretical modelling to study how different atmospheric processes operate together on terrestrial planets. These processes include clouds, atmospheric dynamics and chemistry. I aim to well understand the climate variabilities, climate evolution and habitability on terrestrial planets.”

Jinglin Zhao


Andrew Mayo
Former PhD Student – Now at University of California, Berkeley
René Tronsgaard Rasmussen
Former PhD Student – Now at Aarhus University
Aaron Bello-Arufe
Former PhD Student – Now at Jet Propulsion Laboratory