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Nathalie Nguyen-Quoc Ouellette

Astronomer | Education & Outreach Officer, Queen's University, Ontario

Born and raised in Montréal, QC within a family of engineers. I graduated from McGill University's Honours Physics program in 2010 before starting my graduate studies at Queen's University in Kingston, ON. I obtained my Ph.D. in Physics & Astronomy in 2016 after defending my thesis on the subject of dynamics and scaling relations of Virgo Cluster galaxies. I'm still active in research at Queen's working with Prof. Stéphane Courteau on galaxy evolution in the galaxy clusters. I'm also a key member of the Spectroscopy and H-band Imaging of Virgo (SHIVir) team, and the PI of its spectroscopic component.

I developed a passion for science communication and outreach early on during my undergrad, and knew I wanted to make it an integral part of my career moving forward. I managed the Queen's Observatory for nearly 6 years and led the Queen's Astronomy Research Group's outreach efforts during my graduate studies, and only fell more in love with talking to people about how incredible astronomy is. I'm still very active in science communication and will jump at every chance to tell you something cool about science. I've recently been appointed as the Communications, Education & Outreach Officer for the new Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre.


  • –present
    Education, Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen's University, Queen's University, Ontario