My name is Marja Seidel and I just started my postdoc at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California, working with Barry Madore.

In October 2015, I finished my PhD in astrophysics at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias on the Canary islands in Spain and was part of Jesús Falcón-Barroso's research group Traces of galaxy formation.

In between, I was heavily involved in scientific outreach, in particular with an expedition with Galileo Mobile in Peru and with the Cielo y Tierra project in Colombia.

My work so far is centred on the understanding of bulges in relation with bars in the local universe. We use data from different integral-field units, such as SAURON at the William-Herschel telescope in La Palma, WiFeS at Siding Spring observatory or MUSE at the VLT to link kinematics and stellar populations in order to unravel the galaxies' formation and evolution.

Before that, I completed my undergraduate studies in Physics and Earth and Space Sciences at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany.