Welcome! I'm an astrophysicist at Stanford University, working primarly on high-energy and extragalactic astrophysics. 

My main expertise is the study of the biggest black holes in the Universe - those that lie at the centres of massive galaxies. 

I use 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 my work. My 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 I work on include numerical simulations of jets, observational signatures of radio halos in cluster mergers, and hyper-luminours infrared galaxies. Feel free to contact me if you have any other queries about my work. 

Quick biography: I was raised in Montreal, Canada, and am originally half-Chilean, half-Czech. Back in 2007, I 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. In 2009, I moved to the UK to undertake a Ph. D at the University of Cambridge. During my doctorate, I studied massive clusters of galaxies with strong cool cores requireing extreme feedback from their central black hole to offset cooling of the intracluster medium. These are the objects where you expect to find the most powerful examples of black hole driven outflows. My work focused on studying the outflow properties in these systems, as well as the radiative properties of the central black hole. For more information, see my publications in the CV section. 

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