Sherry H. Suyu

Hello! I am a Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, an Associate 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 have led the H0LiCOW program that measured 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 program on lensed supernovae: HOLISMOKES!

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

Thanks to my H0LiCOW collaborators for the great teamwork over the years, I have received the 2021 Berkeley Prize from the American Astronomical Society for Meritorious Work in Astronomy.

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
85748 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 (Ph.D. student)
    Gabriel Bartosch Caminha (GCCL Postdoc Fellow)
    Raoul Cañameras (Postdoc Fellow)
    Sebastian Ertl (Ph.D. student)
    Andreas Filipp (Master student)
    Simon Huber (Ph.D. student)
    Stefan Schuldt (Ph.D. student)
    Yiping Shu (GCCL Postdoc Fellow)
    Chitsanupong [Chichi] Somma (Bachelor student)
    Stefan Taubenberger (Postdoc Fellow)
    Christian Vogl (Postdoc Fellow)
    Han Wang (Master student)
    Akın Yıldırım (Postdoc Fellow)

Group alumni

    James Hung-Hsu Chan (Postdoc Fellow, EPFL)
    Dani Chun-Yi Chao (Postdoc Fellow, Ruđer Bošković Institute)
    Geoff Chih-Fan Chen (Postdoc Fellow, UC Los Angeles)
    Giulia Chirivì (Data Scientist)
    Kenneth Wong (Postdoc Fellow, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)


    TUM PH4 (Summer Semester 2020, 2021): Experimental Physics 4 (in English)
    TUM PH1 (Winter Semester 2019/20, 2020/1, 2021/2): 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
Last updated: January 15, 2022