Bio

Originally from Paris, France, 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. 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 Observatoire de Paris (LESIA) in 2014, I spent 4 years in Baltimore (MD), as a postdoc, first at at the Space Telescope Science Institute and then at Johns Hopkins University. Since 2018, I am a Sagan postdoctoral Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA). I will be starting a new position as a Chargé de Recherche CNRS (Tenured Scientist) at Observatoire de Paris in 2020.

English CV (PDF) | French CV (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.

Publications:

Outreach

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

Contact

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory | M/S 169-506 | 4800 Oak Grove Drive | Pasadena, CA 91109
  • (818) 393-3602