Lindau Alumna Julia Healy from South Africa is a PhD student at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute at the University of Groningen and the Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town. She studies how galaxies evolve, particularly in dense cosmic environments called galaxy clusters. She uses radio telescopes like MeerKAT and Westerbork (in the Netherlands) to probe the neutral gas content (which is the raw fuel for star formation) of galaxies in the cluster environments. The neutral gas is extremely sensitive to the environmental processes which affect the formation of stars and thus the evolution of the galaxies. Julia participated in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.
What are you seeking to accomplish in your career?
Ultimately, I still want to be an astronaut. If along the way I can help shed light on some of the unknown unknowns or shrink the known unknowns in how galaxies evolve, then I will be happy.
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