Greetings! Welcome to my website.

My name is Alex Laroche and I am a first year PhD student at the University of Toronto (UofT) in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics. I am interested in stellar astrophysics, specifically binary stars and machine learning applications for stellar spectroscopy.

I am currently working with Josh Speagle on developing data-driven, generative models for stellar spectra. I have also recently started working with Maria Drout on studying intermediate-mass stripped stars in the Magellanic Clouds to better understand binary mass transfer.

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Undergraduate Research

Prior to joining UofT, I received my BSc in Honours Physics from McGill University in 2022.

During my undergrad, my research focused on using a combination of simulations and statistics to investigate different aspects of our Universe. I was primarily interested in dark matter, strong gravitational lensing and 21cm cosmology. I worked in both Adrian Liu’s and Jonathan Sievers’ groups at McGill, and Jo Bovy’s group at UofT.