Gilles P.P.L. Otten

Gilles P.P.L. Otten

Support Scientist


Support Scientist for the ELT/METIS instrument at Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Academia Sinica (ASIAA) in Taiwan. Involved in the HiRISE project at LAM, Marseille, to combine high contract imaging and high dispersion spectroscopy at the VLT, and the MASCARA project at Leiden Observatory which searches for transiting exoplanets around the brightest stars. PhD on the prototyping, lab-testing and on-sky demonstration of a new type of broad-band coronagraphs. Amateur-genealogist with an interest in genetics as a tool to research family history.


  • Astronomical instrumentation
  • Exoplanets
  • Achromatic optics
  • Coronagraphy
  • High dispersion spectroscopy
  • Interferometry
  • Wavefront sensing
  • Genealogy
  • Genetics
  • History


  • PhD in Astronomical Instrumentation, 2016

    Leiden Observatory

  • MSc in Astronomy, 2011

    Leiden University

  • BSc in Astronomy, 2009

    Leiden University