I am currently holding the Chair of Astrobiology at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, and part of the Origins Institute. I worked from 2015-2023 at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX, as a senior research scientist.
I study the atmosphere of the giant planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Studying their atmospheres tells us how these planets interact with their local environment, how they respond to seasonal changes, and how these planets formed in the first place. Most of my research is done using ground-based and space-based platform, such as radio-telescopes (ALMA and IRAM-30m), through computer simulations and space missions.
I am part of NASA's Juno mission, in orbit around Jupiter since 2016. Juno is designed to study Jupiter from its deep interior to its outer magnetosphere. I study the interaction of Jupiter's magnetic and its atmosphere, leading to the brightest aurora in the entire solar system. I am also involved in the ESA's JUICE mission and NASA's Europa-Clipper mission, expected to arrive in the Jupiter system in the 2030s.
Image sequence caught by NASA's Juno mission, as it swoops by Jupiter. Image credits: NASA/SWRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran