Welcome! My name is Chia-Yu Hu (Mandarin: 胡家瑜). I am a theoretical astrophysicist and a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching, Germany. I study the dynamical and chemical processes in the interstellar medium using high-fidelity hydrodynamical simulations and radiative transfer calculations to predict observables directly comparable with data. My primary research interests include interstellar chemistry, dust evolution, star formation, stellar feedback, galactic winds, turbulence, and numerical methods.
I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. I hold a B.S. in materials engineering and an M.S. in astrophysics advised by Prof. Pisin Chen in the Department of Physics at the National Taiwan University. I then spent four years at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany, where I completed my Ph.D. in astrophysics advised by Dr. Thorsten Naab in 2016.