Marie Curie Postdoctoral FellowInstitut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, CNRS, France
Nicolás Cuello is a theoretical astrophysicist working at the IPAG in Grenoble (France). He is Argentinian but he did his undergraduate studies in France & Italy, before doing his PhD in Lyon (France). Then, he moved to Santiago (Chile) to work with astronomers and deepen his understanding of how telescopes such as the Very Large Telescope and ALMA operate in the Atacama desert.
His main topic of research is planet formation in protoplanetary discs. These discs can be seen as planet factories, which are made of 99% gas and 1% dust and that are orbiting around young stars. He uses theoretical models and numerical simulations to understand planet formation in multiple stellar system. These are systems where there are more than one star: 2, 3, 4, and sometimes even more. The central question is the following: where, when and how do planets form in multiple stellar systems? In other words, he seeks to better understand how "baby planets" form in the presence of several stars.