Marie-Lou Gendron-Marsolais

Core Team


After undergraduate physics studies at Université Laval, I completed a M.Sc. in theoretical physics at Université de Montréal, where I also obtained a Ph.D. in astronomy in 2018, under the supervision of Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo. My research focus on groups and clusters of galaxies, the largest gravitationally bound structures in our Universe. In particular, I am interested in the study of the complex (and still widely unknown) relation between supermassive black holes located at the center of galaxies and these dense environments using multi-wavelength observations. I mainly analyse radio (e.g. VLA), optical (IFU e.g. SITELLE) and X-ray (e.g. Chandra) observations of nearby clusters and groups.
From 2018-2021, I have been an ESO postdoctoral fellow based in Santiago, Chile, sharing my time between the study of galaxies and observatory duties for the Alma observatory: I served as Astronomer on Duty at the ALMA Operation Support Facility, performed data quality and calibration assessment as well as software testing and I was part of the VLBI ALMA team, preparing and delivering these special observations.
I am currently spending the fourth-year of my fellowship at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía-CSIC (since December 2021), working closely with Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro, as part of her team coordinating the Spanish participation in the SKAO. My role is to foster, promote and lead the formation of working groups of Spanish astronomers across different wavelengths and research areas to optimise the scientific return of the Spanish involvement in SKAO.
I am also passionate about science outreach and solving the issues of diversity in science.