Bio

I was born in Paris, France, where I spent most of my life. I received a bachelor degree in 2010 from École Polytechnique. As a student, I long hesitated between space system engineering and astronomy, between building objects that go to outer space or studying it directly. After getting a master in each of these fields, I decided to work in the field of astronomical instrumentation, specifically for exoplanets, which allows me to combine these two passions: building the most challenging space instruments to observe distant worlds.

After the completion of my PhD at Université Paris Diderot (Paris Observatory) in 2014, I spent 4 years in Baltimore, MD, as a postdoctoral fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute and Johns Hopkins University. Since 2018, I am working as a Carl Sagan Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA).

Curriculum vitae (PDF)

Research

My research is both instrumental and observationnal for the study of circumstellar environnements (exoplanets and debris disks).

The main difficulties of direct imaging are the high contrast level and high angular resolution required to discriminate the planet signal from the stellar light. My research is about designing instruments to make this type of observations a reality.
In parallel, I analyze debris disk images (kuiper belt analogs) from current high-contrast ground- and space-based instruments, to understand the late stages of planetary system formation and evolution to determine whether systems like our own are common or rare.

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Outreach

Podcast Science ( PodcastScience.fm ) is a french speaking popular science podcast. Behind the scene every weeks, I am in charge of astrophysics and physics episodes. Each episode is aired every Wednesdays (8.30pm France time) and then released as a Podcast:

Contact

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory | 4800 Oak Grove Drive | Pasadena, CA 91109
  • (818) 393-3602