Faculty Member

Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo

Dr. Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo is a world leading expert in the astrophysics of black holes. Her research has had major repercussions for our understanding of black holes, the role they play in galaxies, as well as the physics of galaxy clusters. Her most recent research focuses on understanding black holes by using state-of-the-art machine learning tools. 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 and a Ph. D. student at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Hlavacek-Larrondo uses observations from the best telescopes in the World (e.g. Chandra, XMM-Newton, JVLA, HST, VLT, KECK, CFHT) to accomplish 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-luminous infrared galaxies, numerical simulations of jets, and compact objects in general.