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I am an associate Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, and Senior Research Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Benefiting from my hybrid profile of astronomer instrumentalist at the interface between science and technique, I develop, commission, and use advanced innovative technologies to perform remote sensing of other worlds with the largest telescopes. My main angle of attack is high contrast imaging, an emerging but exciting technique in the study of extra-solar planetary systems, which aims at finding new exoplanets, filling out parts of the parameter space inaccessible to indirect techniques, and, more importantly, characterizing them. Isolating the signal of planets from the glare of their host star enables us to, e.g., measure and constrain orbital motions with astrometry, analyze their atmospheres through spectro-photometry, and understand planet-disk interactions. 

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