Mariya is a third year physics Co-op undergraduate at Concordia University. She is very passionate about astrophysics and is looking forward in pursuing a career in instrumentation for astronomy. She has previously worked at the McGill Space Institute studying pulsars, at the Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf working on quantum optics, and at the European Space Agency where she worked with astrometry data from the Gaia mission.
This summer, she will be supervised by iREx director René Doyon and iREx researcher and instrumentalist Étienne Artigau. She will be working at the Canada-France Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) to perform calibration and analysis on the infrared spectropolarimeter SPIRou which will acquire its first data over the course of the summer. The new observations will enhance our understanding of atmospheres of exoplanets around red dwarf stars and potential new habitable worlds.