Curriculum Vitae

Argelander Institut für Astronomie
Office 1.006 (1st floor)
Universität Bonn
Tel: +49 228 735 658
Auf dem Hügel 71, 53121 Bonn, DE


2011 - present
Argelander Institute for Astronomy, University of Bonn

Scientist & Lecturer
  • leading the scientific work for the Bonn cluster/SZ research group
  • active mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students
  • teaching one graduate-level and one undergraduate-level course
  • setting up exercises and undertaking the final examinations for the above
  • short-term student mentoring (astro seminars), writing thesis reports
  • engaging in graduate student selection & interviewing processes
  • participating in various international collaborations (CCAT, ASKAP/EMU, etc.)
  • contributing to the writing of research & funding proposals
2009 - 2010
Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Bonn

Postdoctoral Fellow
  • teaching a graduate level course on observational cosmology
  • mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students
  • key role in defining the research programs for Bonn APEX-SZ group
2007 - 2008 Argelander Institute for Astronomy, University of Bonn

Research Associate
  • assisting in the successful completion of a graduate thesis work
  • playing active role in the APEX-SZ research group in Bonn
  • preparing for and carrying out APEX-SZ observations in Chile
2005 - 2006 Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Bonn

Postdoctoral Fellow
  • preparatory works on the APEX-SZ cluster survey project
  • contributing to the development of the BoA data analysis software
  • independent research on cluster radio sources, recombination lines, etc.


2001- 2004
Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching
qualification: PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics; December 9, 2004  (cum laude)

Thesis topic: "Metal Enrichment History of the Universe from CMB Observations"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Rashid Sunyaev

Abstract and complete PDF file for the thesis is available here.

2000 - 2001
Raman Research Institute, Bangalore

Research Scholar in Astrophysics

1998 - 2000
Jadavpur University, Kolkata
qualification: M. Sc. in Physics with honors (highest marks)

Special subjects: High Energy Physics and General Relativity

1995 - 1998 Jadavpur University, Kolkata
qualification: B. Sc. in Physics with honors (highest marks, gold medal)

Subsidiary subjects: Chemistry and Mathematics



Observational Cosmology  (together with C. Porchiani)
Observational Cosmology (astro845), Summer semester (April - July), 2010-

Theoretical Physics for Teaching Candidates (together with F. Bertoldi & T. Tauris)
Klassische theoretische Physik TP-L, Winter semester (October - February), 2013-

Secondary supervisor to PhD students: (§ = minor contribution)
  • M. Nord (completed 2009)
  • F. Navarrete (completed 2015) §
  • M. Klein (completed 2014) §
  • S. Burkutean (completed 2014) §
  • A. Nagarajan
  • M. Ramos Ceja (completed 2015)
  • J. Erler
  • A. Mikler
Secondary supervisor to Masters students: (§ = minor contribution)
  • M. Ramos Ceja (completed 2011)
  • J. Erler (completed 2014)
  • N. Gupta (completed 2014) §
  • S. Srinivasan


  • APEX-SZ collaboration (2005-present), CCAT and CCAT-prime collaborations
  • member of the ASKAP/EMU team, Co-I of the German MeerKAT consortium
  • Science Working Group member of Athena and CORE missions

  • major contribution to the DFG Transregio 33 proposal (PI: F. Bertoldi)
  • major role in writing cluster cosmology case for the CCAT White Paper (2013)
  • subsequent contribution to the CCAT-MSIP proposal (2015)
  • minor contributions for NSF proposals: APEX-SZ, MUSTANG-2, GISMO-MSIP
  • contribution (and co-I from Bonn) for the MeerKAT BMBF proposal (2016)
  • successful DAAD application for PhD candidate Aarti Nagarajan (2011)
PI projects

  • PI of two successful ALMA proposals (from EU region, acceptance rate <20%)
  • PI of several completed projects at JVLA, ATCA, CARMA, MUSTANG/GBT etc.
  • currently the PI of two ongoing projects at JVLA and Effelsberg
  • Co-I of several XMM, Chandra, & Hubble proposals (as well as in radio and SZ)

  • participation during the commissioning of APEX-SZ camera, Chile (2007)
  • observing: APEX-SZ(2007-2010),IRAM 30m (Feb 2005), ATCA (May 2007) etc
  • role in the early development of the BoA data analysis software
  • acquaintance with several interferometric analysis tools and softwares
  • refereeing for three major astronomical journals: ApJ, MNRAS, A&A
  • organizer of the SZ@Bonn international workshop (July 2009)
  • presentation and outreach activities during the ALMA Community Days
  • small experiment with primary school children for Bonn "Jugend forscht" (2016)
  • languages spoken: Bengali, English (fluent), German (good), Hindi (basic)


Prof. Frank Bertoldi
Argelander Institut für Astronomie
Auf dem Hügel 71, 53121 Bonn, Germany
Tel. +49 228 736 789

Prof. Karl M. Menten
Max-Planck-Instut für Radioastronomie
Auf dem Hügel 96, 53121 Bonn, Germany
Tel. +49 228 525 297

Prof. Adrian T. Lee
443 Old LeConte
Berkeley, CA 94720-7300, USA
Tel. +1 510 643 4606