Médéric Boquien

Associate Professor
Universidad de Antofagasta (Chile).

Médéric Boquien is an associate professor at Universidad de Antofagasta (Chile). He received his Master's in Astrophysics in 2004 from Université Paris VI (France) and his PhD from Université Paris VII (France) in 2007 for his work on star formation in the debris of galaxy collision. Following his graduation, he moved to the University of Massachusetts (United States), joining the team of Prof. Calzetti as a postdoc to investigate star formation in galaxies. He moved back to Europe in 2011 to participate in the scientific exploitation of various key Herschel surveys on nearby galaxies, first at Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France) working with Dr. Boselli and Prof. Buat and from 2013 as part of the team of Prof. Kennicutt at the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). Attracted by the opportunities offered by the beautiful Chilean skies, he joined Universidad de Antofagasta in 2015 where he is now the director of the PhD program in Astrophysics and Astroinformatics. His research currently focuses on star formation, nuclear activity, and the evolution of galaxies from the point of view of the environment. He has a strong interest in the modeling of the spectral energy distribution of galaxies, being the leading author of the CIGALE code, as how machine learning techniques could help with the exploitation of next-generation massive surveys such as LSST.


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