Marie-Lou Gendron-Marsolais is a Ph. D student at Université de Montréal (started in September 2014), supervised by Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo. She did her undergrad studies in physics at Université Laval in Québec city (2009-2012, with an admission excellence scholarship) and a master in theoretical particle physics (supervised by Richard MacKenzie, 2012-2014, with the Hubert-Reeves Scholar) at Université de Montréal, working on the impact of topological defects in certain cosmological models.
She has been a scientific communicator in astronomy at Mont-Mégantic national park (ASTROLab) for 3 summers on a full time basis (2010 to 2012), guiding visits of the Mont-Mégantic Observatory and animated evening astronomy activities (presentations and observations). She has also been teaching assistant (Université de Montréal 2013-2014) and tutor in physics (2011 to 2014). She has been visiting the Havard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for six months (2015-2016), supervised by Ralph Kraft. Her research focus on groups and clusters of galaxies, the largest gravitationally bound structures in our Universe. More precisely, she is interested in the study of the interaction of the powerful jets launch by supermassive black holes in central galaxies with the intracluster medium (ICM). This active galactic nuclei (AGN) feedback is believed to compensate the radiative loss of the ICM as this hot and diffuse plasma emits in the x-ray. In order to get a better understanding of this mechanism, she analysed radio (VLA) and X-ray (Chandra) observations of nearby clusters and groups.