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Marion Villenave

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Exoplanet Discovery and Science

NASA Postdoc


Marion received her MSc in Engineering (2013-2017) from the Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE-Supaéro), Toulouse, France, and MSc in Astrophysics (2016-2017) from Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. September 2020, she finished her PhD at IPAG in Grenoble, France on the study of the evolution of protoplanetary disks, using multi-wavelength observations. Marion spent two years of her thesis in Chile at the European Southern Observatory (ESO), where she learned to calibrate and use complex ALMA observations. She is also familiar with scattered light observation (with SPHERE or HST), and model both using radiative transfer.


  • 2017-2020: PhD in Astrophysics, IPAG, France
  • 2016-2017: MSc in Astrophysics, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
  • 2013-2017: MSc in Engineering, Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE- Supaero), Toulouse, France

Professional Experience

  • 2017-2020: PhD in Astrophysics, IPAG, France
  • 04/2017-09/2017: Internship in Astrophysics, IPAG, France
  • 03/2016-05/2016: Internship in Astrophysics, ESO, Chile
  • 09/2015-02/2016: Internship in Particle Physics, LAL, France

Research Interests

  • Dust evolution mechanisms in protoplanetary disks, in particular vertical settling and radial drift.
  • Multi-wavelength observations at high angular resolution.
  • Radiative transfer modeling.

Selected Awards

Studentship at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Santiago de Chile, between 2017 and 2019.

Selected Publications

  1. Perturbers: SPHERE detection limits to planetary-mass companions in protoplanetary disks
    R. Asensio-Torres, T. Henning, Cantalloube F., …, M. Villenave, et al., 2021, in press
  2. The anatomy of an unusual edge-on protoplanetary disk II. Gas temperature and warm outer region
    C. Flores, G. Duchêne, S. Wolff, M. Villenave, et al., 2021, in press
  3. The anatomy of an unusual edge-on protoplanetary disk I. Dust settling in a cold disk
    S. Wolff, G. Duchêne, K. Stapelfeldt, …, M. Villenave, et al., 2021, in press
  4. Observations of edge-on protoplanetary disk with ALMA. I. Results from continuum data.
    M. Villenave, F. Ménard, W.R.F. Dent, G. Duchêne, et al., 2020, A&A, 642, A164
  5. On going flyby in the young multiple system UX Tauri
    F. Ménard, N. Cuello, C. Ginski, G. van der Plas, M. Villenave, et al., 2020, A&A, 635, L1
  6. Spatial segregation of dust grains in transition disks. SPHERE observations of 2MASS J16083070-3828268 and RXJ1852.3-3700.
    M. Villenave, M. Benisty, W. R. F. Dent, F. Ménard et al., 2019, A&A, 624, A7
  7. Evolution of protoplanetary disks from their taxonomy in scattered light: spirals, rings, cavities, and shadows.
    A. Garufi, M. Benisty, P. Pinilla, M. Tazzari, ..., M. Villenave et al., 2018, A&A, 620, A94

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