Ω Centauri

Image Credit: ESO/INAF-VST/OmegaCAM. Acknowledgement: A. Grado, L. Limatola/INAF-Capodimonte Observatory

Milky Way

Image Credit: ESO/S. Brunier


Higher Education: University Degree
September 2020 - now MPIA (IMPRS HD)
& University of Heidelberg
PhD in Astronomy
October 2017 -
October 2019
University of Heidelberg
Master's thesis: Dynamical modelling of the Milky Way disc using Gaia Data (MPIA & Oxford University)
Master of Science
in Physics
October 2018 -
June 2019
University of Oxford
Baden-Württemberg Scholarship (10.2018- 2.2019) & PROMOS (DAAD, 3.2019-6.2019)
Recognized student
October 2014 -
September 2017
University of Heidelberg
Bachelor's thesis: Gas kinematics at the Galactic Centre (MPIA)
Bachelor of Science
in Physics
Work/Internships: Description Location
Novemer 2019 -
August 2020
Research assistant (50 % position) MPIA
December 2017
-July 2018
Research assistant (HiWi) MPIA
August 2017 -
September 2017
Internship with RISE-Worldwide Program (DAAD) scholarship
Topic: The GAPS detection sensitivity for low-energy cosmic-ray antihelium, Simulation and analysis in C++
University of Hawaii
at Manoa, Honolulu, USA
School: Graduation Location
Finished 2014 High school diploma Monemvasia, Greece


First Author publications:

  • oMEGACat I: MUSE spectroscopy of 300,000 stars within the half-light radius of ω Centauri
    Nitschai, M. S.; Neumayer, N.; Clontz, C.; Häberle, M.; Seth, A. C. ; Husser, T.-O.; Kamann, S.; Alfaro-Cuello, M.; Kacharov, N.; Bellini, A.; Dotter, A.; Dreizler, S.; Feldmeier-Krause, A.; Latour, M.; Libralato, M.; Milone, A. P.; Pechetti, R.; van de Ven, G.; Voggel, K.; Weisz, Daniel R.
    Accepted for publication in ApJ.
  • Dynamical model of the Milky Way using APOGEE and Gaia data
    Nitschai, Maria Selina; Eilers, Anna-Christina; Neumayer, Nadine; Cappellari, Michele; Rix, Hans-Walter
    The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 916, Issue 2, id.112, 15 pp., August 2021
    doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ac04b5 and arXiv:2106.05286
  • First Gaia dynamical model of the Milky Way disc with six phase space coordinates: a test for galaxy dynamics
    Nitschai, Maria Selina; Cappellari, Michele; Neumayer, Nadine
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 494, Issue 4, pp.6001-6011, June 2020
    doi:10.1093/mnras/staa1128 and arXiv:1909.05269
  • Three-dimensional Analysis of the Minispiral at the Galactic Center: Orbital Parameters, Periods, and
    the Mass of the Black Hole

    Nitschai, Maria Selina; Neumayer, Nadine; Feldmeier-Krause, Anja
    The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 896, Issue 1, id.68, 14 pp., June 2020
    doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab8ea8 and arXiv:2004.13707