Really about me

If you really want to know more, I'm from Castellò de la Plana, a small town at the Levante (east coast) of Spain. I grew up there, happily close to the Mediterranean sea, until I started my university studies. After that, I never really stayed in the same place for more than a handful of years.

In my free time (yeah, I guess I have some of that) I do long-distance running, practice karate, and enjoy latin dancing - salsa and bachata. I used to play drums, but given how ungratefully bulky they are, I recently settled down for a more convenient Spanish guitar. More quiet interests are cooking (you have to try my paella Valenciana - it's the real thing!), movies, video games (remember Sonic the hedgehog?), or devouring books whenever time permits.

 

ABOUT ME 

I'm a Ph.D. student in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford. I hold a Hintze scholarship from the Oxford Hintze Centre for Astrophysical Surveys, and I'm supervised by Julien Devriendt and Adrianne Slyz.

With our research, we are trying to improve our understanding of how magnetic fields take part in the formation and evolution of galaxies. While we are aware that they are important in the galaxies we observed at the present day, or even at high redshift, our theoretical understanding of them is still an active field of research.

I employ cosmological magneto-hydrodynamical simulations of galaxies and the cosmos, performed with the code RAMSES. My simulations combine the many ingredients required to ensure realistic simulation of galaxies. That implies combining large cosmological scales with fine and ambitious spatial resolutions. I employ sophisticated models for star formation, stellar feedback, metals, cooling and heating, etc. As part of my research, I work to improve our numerical methods, also exploring and developing novel algorithms to solve many of the standing questions regarding magnetic fields in our Universe. 

Prior to my doctorate, I did an MSc in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics at the Universitat de València, where I also did my Physics degree. I was fortunate to have all my degree costs covered through a scholarship from the CMU San Juan de Ribera. During my bachelor degree, I did an Erasmus year at the University of Leeds, enrolled in their MPhys programme (and somehow managing to squeeze all the credits required to complete my undergraduate degree). During this time, I was fortunate to obtain various scholarships (e.g. IAC, UV) that allowed me to do some research on theoretical, numerical, and observational astrophysics, and also in experimental particle physics.

 

EDUCATION

MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS

Magnetic fields

An ubiquitous and primordial component of our Universe, affecting the evolution of astrophysical environments at all scales. However, many of the most fundamental questions regarding them remain open.

I try to give answer to some of those questions through magneto-hydrodynamical cosmological simulations.

2010 - 2014

Universitat de València

Degree in Physics

Galaxy formation and evolution

As part of my research, I try to understand some of the properties of the interstellar medium of galaxies and those processes that contribute in its shaping, such as star formation or stellar feedback. 

2013 - 2014 

University of Leeds

Erasmus, 4th year MPhys in Astrophysics

2015 - 2019 (expected)

University of Oxford

D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in Astrophysics

2014 - 2015

Universitat de València

Master in Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics

Large-Scale Structure

I am also interested in understanding the Large-Scale Structure of our Universe.

Hintze scholar

Department of Physics

Christ Church College

University of Oxford

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