Sherry H. Suyu

Hello! I am a Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, an Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Munich, and a Visiting Scholar at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

I use the spectacular phenomenon of gravitational lensing to probe the dark cosmos: dark energy, dark matter and supermassive black holes. I also work on the extremely bright side of the Universe in observing splendid cosmic fireworks from supernovae.

I am leading the H0LiCOW project that aims to measure the expansion rate of our Universe using gravitationally lensed quasars (weblink here). With the support from the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant, I am launching a new project on lensed supernovae.

My research has been featured in the National Geographic, the New York Times, the Guardian and other magazines and newspapers.

Below you can find out more about my research and teaching, and the young active researchers whom I am working with.

Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1
D-85741 Garching, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)89-30000-2015
Office: 103


  • Observational cosmology
  • Cosmic expansion rate
  • Dark energy and dark matter
  • Supermassive black holes
  • Gravitational lensing
  • Supernovae
  • Bayesian inference and methods


Group members

    Jana Bayer (Master student)
    Raoul Cañameras (Postdoc Fellow)
    Dani Chun-Yi Chao (Ph.D. student)
    Giulia Chirivì (Ph.D. student)
    Sebastian Ertl (Master student)
    Simon Huber (Ph.D. student)
    Stefan Schuldt (Ph.D. student)
    Stefan Taubenberger (Postdoc Fellow)
    Han Wang (Master student)
    Akın Yıldırım (Postdoc Fellow)

Group alumni

    James Hung-Hsu Chan (Postdoc Fellow, EPFL)
    Kenneth Wong (Postdoc Fellow, Kavli IPMU)
    Geoff Chih-Fan Chen (graduate student, UC Davis)


    TUM PH4 (Summer Semester 2020): Experimental Physics 4 (in English)
    TUM PH1 (Winter Semester 2019/20): Experimental Physics 1 (in English)
    TUM PH2206 (Summer Semester 2017, 2018, Winter Semester 2018/9): Extragalactic Astrophysics
    TUM PH2242 (Winter Semester 2016/7, 2017/8, Summer Semester 2019): Gravitational Lensing