Laurent Drissen is a graduate of Université de Montréal, with Ph.D. degree in 1990, under the supervision of Dr. Anthony Moffat. Laurent Drissen has mostly worked on massive stars and their surroundings. From photometric, polarimetric, and spectroscopic variability of Wolf-Rayet stars to the stellar content of giant HII regions in nearby galaxies and the kinematics of wind-blown bubbles, he has used a panoply of instruments on ground-based and space telescopes to try to understand the evolution of massive stars and their influence on their surroundings. After a 5-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, where he worked on globular clusters, blue stragglers, and cataclysmic variables, he was hired by the astrophysics group at Université Laval (Québec City) where he holds, since 2001, the Canada Research Chair on massive stars and hyperspectral imagery. Ten years ago, he became interested in astronomical instrumentation and worked with a passionate group of students to develop SpIOMM, an imaging Fourier transform spectrometer for the study of HII regions in the Milky way and other galaxies.
Biography Updated on 3 November 2010