Nour Skaf recently received her PhD in exoplanet science from Paris Observatory and was based at the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii.
She is a visiting researcher at the University College London. Her PhD work, titled "self-optimization of adaptive optics and characterization of exoplanetary systems", focused on three different projects: the instrumentation development for direct imaging, the study of a circumstellar disk - beta Pictoris, and the atmospheric characterization of transiting exoplanets.
Nour received in 2021 the L'Oréal-UNESCO award for women in science - young talent France category. She is now focusing for a few months on the access to astronomy in emerging countries, before starting a postdoc at UC Santa Cruz.