Mirjam joined the Theory Department of PPPL as a postdoctoral research associate in 2016. Her main research interest are energetic particles in fusion plasmas.
For her Diploma thesis, Mirjam investigated the diffusivity of energetic ions due to turbulence in the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak, using the GENE code. She was working in the group of Prof. Frank Jenko at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Munich and graduated in Physics from Ulm University in 2009.
During her PhD studies at IPP, she worked with Dr. Philipp Lauber on the interaction of energetic particles with Alfvénic plasma waves. The numerical results of the particle-in-cell code HAGIS were compared to ASDEX Upgrade observations. She became an active developer of HAGIS. After receiving her doctoral degree in 2013 from the Technical University of Munich she was awarded a EUROfusion postdoctoral fellowship. Under this grant, she studied energetic particle interaction with multiple Alfvénic waves in ITER. Together with her co-workers in the "NonlinearEnergeticParticleDynamics" group at ENEA, Frascati and IPP, she continues to study the saturation mechanism of energetic particle driven Alfvén Eigenmodes.
At PPPL, Mirjam is associated with the Max Planck Princeton Research Center (MPPC), working with Dr. GuoYong Fu on energetic particle interaction with EGAMs. The main tool for this investigation is the gyrokinetic GTS code. On this code, Mirjam is closely collaborating with its main developer, Dr. WeiXing Wang.