I am a Belgian astronomer researching extrasolar planets (exoplanets). I am currently the Jan Hendrik Oort Fellow at the Sterrewacht at Leiden University in The Netherlands. I collaborate closely with the research group led by Prof. Ignas Snellen.

My research focuses on the discovery of new exoplanets and the characerization of known planets. To do so, I use data from ground-based telescopes as well as space-based missions, such as NASA's Kepler satellite. I have led the discovery of nine new exoplanets. To help understand stars which host planets, I regularly employ asteroseismology. My day to day work consists of programming and the analysis of large datasets using statistical techniques.

You can learn more about my research and find my publications. I have been the advisor of numerous student projects and have taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. I also enjoy communicating science to non-astronomers.

I received a PhD in Physics from Aarhus University in Denmark, where I worked at the Stellar Astrophysics Centre. My thesis advisors were Prof. Simon Albrecht and Prof. Hans Kjeldsen. During the Spring of 2015 I spent a semester as a visiting graduate student at MIT where I worked with Prof. Josh Winn.

I hold a master degree in astrophysics and a bachelor degree in physics (with a minor in mathematics) from the University of Leuven. I was president of student organisation Wina and have been a student representative active in various university boards. Before starting my doctoral studies, I did an internship as a project engineer at the dredging company DEME in Doha, Qatar.

You can email me at vaneylen@strw.leidenuniv.nl.