Vincent Van Eylen

I am an Associate Professor in Exoplanets at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at University College London. My research focuses on the discovery of new exoplanets and the characterization of known planets. I also employ asteroseismology to understand stars that host planets. I use data from ground-based telescopes as well as space-based missions, such as NASA's TESS satellite.


I am a Belgian astronomer and Associate Professor in Exoplanets at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at University College London. Before joining UCL I was a Henry Norris Russell Fellow at Princeton University and a Jan Hendrik Oort Fellow at the Sterrewacht at Leiden University in The Netherlands.

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. I was 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, Belgium. I was president of student organization 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.


My research focuses on the characterization of exoplanets and their host stars, to learn about planet formation and evolution as well as the architecture of planetary systems. I do so by analyzing space-based photometry to investigate planet transits, characterizing planet host stars through e.g. asteroseismology, and acquiring further sources of data where needed. I have e.g.:

If you are a student or researcher interested in working with me, please feel free to send me an email and I will be happy to discuss opportunities.

Research group

Ahlam Al Qasim

PhD researcher
Using radial velocity data
to unravel planet formation
Ross Dobson

PhD researcher (with CDT data-intensive science)
Unveiling the exoplanet population
with novel data science techniques
Cynthia Ho

PhD researcher
Exploring exoplanet
demographics through TESS
Hannah Osborne

PhD researcher
Investigating exoplanet architecture
through radial velocity observations
Larissa Palethorpe

PhD researcher (at University of Edinburgh)
(as co-advisor, with Prof. Ken Rice)
Characterising small exoplanets
Angharad Weeks

PhD researcher
Characterisation of exoplanet host stars
using Gaia and asteroseismology
Julio Camero

MSc Astrophysics
Jason Wong

MSc Space Science & Engineering

Former members

Selected peer-reviewed publications

An up-to-date overview of my first-authored and co-authored publications can be found on NASA ADS or on Google Scholar.

Outreach & Press

Outreach & Public talks

Press releases

Commentary articles


Mailing address:
Vincent Van Eylen
University College London
Department of Space and Climate Physics
Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Holmbury St. Mary
Surrey RH5 6NT
United Kingdom