My name is Begoña Ascaso and I am a Marie Curie fellow working at the Laboratoire d'AstroParticle et Cosmology (University Paris Diderot) since January 2016.
I completed my PhD in 2008 at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC). After that, I enjoyed three postdoctoral fellowships at the Observatoire de Paris, France (2014-2015); at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), Spain (2011-2013) and at the University of California Davis, USA (2008-2011).
I'm mainly interested in galaxy clusters from a variety of points of view. I study galaxy clusters in relation with the large-scale structure of the Universe through numerical simulations that allow us to trace them through time. I also have been detecting galaxy clusters in a number of different surveys (CFHTLS, DLS, ALHAMBRA, J-PAS, LSST, Euclid)and I'm using their counts to set cosmological constraints for the formation of the Universe. I am also interested in understanding the main physical processes that make galaxies to evolve in clusters. In particular, I am interested on the brightest cluster galaxies (BCGs) and their relation with the host cluster history. In the research section and about me section, you will find a wider explanation of these topics.
Additionally, I'm keen on science outreach. I do believe that everybody can learn from scientists and that we can do a change in education. Check the outreach section if you want to know more.
If you have any questions, comments or just want to contact me, feel free to do it. I'll be delighted to hear from you.
Université Paris Diderot
Laboratoire Astroparticule et Cosmologie (APC)
10, rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duquet
75013, Paris (France)
E-mail: ascaso [AT] apc.univ-paris7.fr