Prof. Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo
Assistant professor of physics
Prof. Hlavacek-Larrondo is an astrophysicist at Université de Montréal, working primarily on high-energy and extragalactic astrophysics. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics of Black Holes . These Chairs are awarded to emerging world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity. Prior to holding a faculty position at the Université de Montréal, she was an Einstein fellow at Stanford University. Julie also completed her Ph. D. at the University of Cambridge.
Prof. Hlavacek-Larrondo is an expert in the study of big black holes – those that lie at the centres of massive galaxies. She uses a combination of X-ray (e.g. Chandra, XMM-Newton, Rosat), radio (e.g. JVLA, GMRT, ATCA) and optical observations (e.g. HST, VLT) for her work. Her ultimate goal is to provide a detailed view on the role black hole feedback plays in the formation and evolution of galaxies, from heating to metal entrainment, as well as black hole growth. Other topics she works on include observational signatures of radio halos in cluster mergers, hyper-luminours infrared galaxies, numerical simulations of jets, and compact objects in general.
She was raised in Montreal and is originally half-Chilean, half-Czech. Back in 2007, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in physics at the Université de Montréal and then pursued a Master’s degree in astrophysics on the kinematical analysis of three Sculptor Group galaxies.
She is an active advocate for diversity, and recently founded the Diversity Physics committee at her department. She is also a member of the new Diversity and Inclusivety CASCA committee since 2015.
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