I am a postdoctoral research fellow at Lyon Observatory, part of the Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon (CRAL). I am mainly interested in galaxy evolution and in particular the first phases of galaxy formation and the intergalactic medium. I am mostly using the deep 3D data-cubes of the innovative, exciting and powerful MUSE camera. For example see ESO's 1738 press release. MUSE was built here, and is now installed on the ESO VLT in Chile. For a general introduction, see this nice 33 minute MUSE, the cosmic time machine documentary created by CNRS and ESO.
With the introduction of the telescope, astronomers have not been using their naked eyes for their professional research any more. Since the introduction of digital detectors and the high processing power of modern computers, today we actually "see" (detect/measure) the heavenly bodies (!) through software, not directly through telescopes any more. Therefore, research in the evolution of galaxies inevitably entails deep involvement in the software that practically define your results. In particular as part of my PhD research in Japan, I developed a new method to detect very diffuse and low surface brightness signal that might have any shape. It is released as part of the GNU Astronomy Utilities or Gnuastro.
My research follows an exactly reproducible methodology. The principles behind this reproduction pipeline and a template to easy adopt it are also discussed. Some slides are also available to describe this concept and methodology more clearly.