jonathan d. henshaw


I am an astrophysicist studying star formation at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg. My research focuses on understanding the kinematics and dynamics of the interstellar medium.

My research covers a diverse range of astrophysical systems, from nearby galaxies, galactic nuclei (including our own), and molecular clouds. I use some of the most advanced telescopes around the world to study the light emitted by molecules at (sub-)millimetre and radio wavelengths. I am interested in the physical processes that drive the formation of structure in the interstellar medium, namely molecular clouds, filaments, and star forming cores. A summary of my research projects can be found in the research tab. To find out what I've been up to most recently head over to the News tab.


  • The structure and dynamics of the interstellar medium

  • Star and star cluster formation

  • Environmental studies of star formation

  • (sub-)millimetre and radio astronomy

  • Interferometry

  • Software development