Sherry H. Suyu

Hello! I am an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Munich, a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, 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 and tidal disruption events.

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.

In our research group's webpage and also below, you can find out more about our research and teaching.

Technical University of Munich
TUM School of Natural Sciences
Department of Physics
James-Franck-Str. 1
85748 Garching, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)89 289 53620
Office: 3007

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

    Irham Taufik Andika (Postdoc Fellow)
    Satadru Bag (Humboldt Postdoc Fellow)
    Gabriel Bartosch Caminha (GCCL Postdoc Fellow)
    Sebastian Ertl (Ph.D. student)
    Aymeric Galan (Swiss SNSF Postdoc Fellow)
    Jana Grupa (Ph.D. student)
    Duy Anh Hoang (Bachelor student)
    Simon Huber (Postdoc Fellow)
    Elias Mamuzić (Master student)
    Alejandra Melo Melo (Postdoc Fellow)
    Allan Gabriel Schweinfurth Pupo (Bachelor student)
    Stefan Taubenberger (Postdoc Fellow)
    Christian Vogl (Postdoc Fellow)
    Han Wang (Ph.D. student)

Group alumni

    Raoul Cañameras (Postdoc Fellow, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille)
    James Hung-Hsu Chan (Postdoc Fellow, the City Unversity of New York)
    Dani Chun-Yi Chao (Postdoc Fellow, Ruđer Bošković Institute)
    Geoff Chih-Fan Chen (Founder, start-up)
    Janet Ting-Wan Chen (Assistant Professor, National Central University, Taiwan)
    Giulia Chirivì (Data Scientist)
    Andreas Filipp (Ph.D. student, University of Montreal)
    Florian Höfer (Bachelor student, Technical University of Munich)
    Stefan Schuldt (Postdoc Fellow, University of Milan)
    Yiping Shu (Faculty Member, Purple Mountain Observatory)
    Chitsanupong [Chichi] Somma (Master student, Technical University of Munich)
    Kaitlyn Szekerczes (Graduate student, Pennsylvania State University)
    Kenneth Wong (Project Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan)
    Akın Yıldırım (Financial Analyst)


    TUM PH4 (Summer Semester 2023): Experimental Physics 4 (in English)
    TUM PH1 (Winter Semester 2022/3): Experimental Physics 1 (in English)
    TUM PH2206 (Summer Semester 2023): Extragalactic Astrophysics
    TUM PH2242 (Winter Semester 2022/3): Gravitational Lensing
Last updated: November 17, 2023