I am an astrophysicist working to understand our place in the Universe.
I study atmospheres, interior and formation of exoplanets and planets in our solar system.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I was always curious and knew I was going to be a scientist. I got my B.S. in Astronomy in 2007 from La Plata National University and received my PhD in 2011, studying formation of planetary systems as a CONICET graduate Fellow. From 2011 to 2014 I was a postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, where I started studying chemistry in exoplanets’ atmospheres (rocky and giant planets). I was at the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur between 2015 and 2017 (as a Henri Poincaré Postdoctoral Fellow and later a CNES Postdoctoral Fellow), studing the interior structure of giant planets and as a part of the Juno mission science team. In 2018 I started as an assistant professor at Leiden Observatory where I will continue studying (exo)planet atmospheres and their interiors, towards a better understanding of their origins.
Throughout history we have wondered about the possible existence of worlds around other stars. We live in a privileged time, and for the first time we are able to answer that question. Today we have more than 3000 exoplanets found. Each new discovery highlights the stunning diversity of exoplanets and impacts on the perception and understanding of our own solar system. A better knowledge of exoplanets will lead us to understand how our own solar system formed, which are the conditions that best support life, and put our solar system in context in the Universe.
Juno is a NASA mission designed to reveil Jupiter's deep secrets. As part of the science team, I am using Juno measurements to get better understanding of Jupiter's internal structure and get closer to unveil our origins. Some papers with our last findings:
ESA selected the next Exoplanets mission to characterise exoplanets: welcome ARIEL!
- Which species can be observed in extremely hot rocky exoplanet atmospheres? see my last paper: Miguel, 2018 (MNRAS)
June 2019 - Colloquium: Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
May 2019 - Colloquium: Postdam University, Postdam, Germany
March 2019 - Colloquium: Weizmann Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel
December - Colloquium: Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
November - Colloquium: Amsterdam University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
October - Colloquium: Imperial College, London, UK
October - Colloquium: UCL, London, UK
October - Colloquium: Birmingham University, Birmingham, UK
September - Invited talk: European Planetary Science Conference, Berlin, Germany
July - Invited talk: Euroscience open forum, Toulouse, France
June - Colloquium: ESTEC, The Netherlands
May - Invited review: PEPSci network on Exoplanets and Solar System, Leiden, The Netherlands
May - Colloquium: Max Planck Insitute for Astronomy, Heildeberg, Germany
March - Invited review: Circumplanetary Disks and Satellite Formation, Nagoya, Japan
February - Colloquium: Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
January - Colloquium: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA
January - Lunch talk: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA
Research Interests: (Exo)planet interiors and atmospheres, Planetary systems formation.
Assistant Professor, Leiden Observatory - The Netherlands
2011 PhD Astronomy Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP) - Argentina
2007 BS Astronomy UNLP - Argentina
Publications - 33 publications in peer-reviewed international journals. Total citations: 1009 (as July 2019).
Employment, Research Experience & Awards
2018 - Member of the Young Academy Leiden
2018 - Lecturer of Stellar Structure and Evolution
2016 – 2017 CNES postdoctoral fellowship – OCA – France
2015 – 2016 Henri Poincare Postdoctoral Fellow – OCA – France
Fall 2013 Guest-Lecturer “Astrophysics & Astrobiology II” – Universität Heidelberg – Germany
2011 – 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow – MPIA – Germany
2010 – 2011 Graduate Fellow, Type II – CONICET1– Argentina
2007 – 2009 Graduate Fellow, Type I – CONICET – Argentina
2005 – 2011 Educator, Science Coach – Mundo Nuevo2
2008 – 2010 Lecturer “Knowing the Universe” – UNLP – Argentina
2007 – 2011 Teaching Assistant “Spherical Astronomy” – UNLP – Argentina
2008 – 2009 Teaching Assistant “Calculus I” – UNLP – Argentina
2005 – 2007 Teaching Assistant “Modern Physics” – UNLP – Argentina
2005 – 2007 Teaching Assistant “Calculus I” – UNLP – Argentina
2007 Joaquin V. Gonzalez Award, to the best GPA – UNLP – Argentina
2001 – 2007 Museum Guide – Museum of Astronomy and Geophysics – UNLP
1National Council of Scientific and Technical Research. Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Argentina
2Outreach program of science and technology. It is part of the UNESCO initiative, the UNLP, and the direction of culture and education of Buenos Aires
Teaching: I see teaching as a challenge and a way of learning. One needs to learn how to use student's backgrounds, and lead them to develop curiosity and critical thinking. I have been teaching from 2005 until 2011, and started teaching my own course in 2018
Outreach: One important part of my development as a scientist has been to stimulate interest and curiosity for science, sharing my research with the community and inspiring future scientists. I have presented more than 50 invited public colloquia and have been involved in numerous public activies since 2000. Some highlights:
2018 TEDx RiodelaPlata speaker, talk link here (in spanish)! with more than 2500 people, at Colon theater, Buenos Aires Argentina
2018 - Member of the collaborators team of "Ciencia del Sur" - a website for science outreach in latinamerica.
2014 - 2015 Role Model in Science is a girl thing!, part of the “Women in Research and Innovation” campaign.
2005 - 2011. Science Coach in "Mundo Nuevo”, an outreach program of science and technology. It is part of UNESCO initiative, UNLP, and the direction of culture and education of Buenos Aires.
2008 - 2010. Coordinator and chair of science seminars. Handled 100% of the organization of weekly seminars for general public given at UNLP.
2001 - 2007. Museum Guide at the Museum of Astronomy and Geophysics of La Plata.
I swim since I am a kid, started running ~7 years ago, and recently added biking and bouldering to my list of frequent sports. I now combine all that -all but bouldering- and train for triathlons.
Why? Because doing sports is good! It is not only good for your health, but it also helps to release stress, to improve efficiency, and to have a fresher mind at work. It helps you solving problems.
In cold rainy days it can be hard to go outside and train. To help me with those days, I always setup a goal (often a competition I want to run), which besides of being super fun, keeps my motivation high :)
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