Jorge Andrés Villa Vélez


I am gay and I am an astrophysicist.//


I am a Ph.D. student at LAM (Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille) currently working on dust attenuation in high-redshift galaxies. My work consists of analyzing photometric and spectroscopic data of galaxies with CIGALE, the SED fitter by excellence in Marseille, to derive their physical properties.

I come from the beautiful city of Medellín in Colombia. When I was a child I said to my parents I wanted to be an Astronomer. They always supported me and when it was time I enrolled in the first undergrad program in Astronomy of my country at UdeA (Universidad de Antioquia). I continue with this beautiful path at the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands where I had the chance to do my masters.

When I am not analyzing data, I like to go hiking in the mountains, enjoying time visiting new cities with my friends, or simply grabbing some beers and enjoying nice conversations. Being visible is really important to me because I’m proud of who I am and I think this helps to build up our community and encourage those who cannot be visible to keep it up.