Brice Ménard joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2010. He received his doctorate from both the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Germany. He was a postdoctoral member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and a senior research associate at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto. His research, which combines astrophysics and Big Data, focuses on galaxy formation and cosmology. His work has led to the detection of gravitational magnification by dark matter around galaxies and the discovery of tiny grains of dust in the intergalactic space which make the Universe less transparent. He is currently developing a new technique to estimate the redshift (or distance) of extragalactic objects.
Ménard is a joint member of the Kavli Institute for Physics and Mathematics at Tokyo University. He received the Packard fellowship for Science and Engineering in 2014, the Sloan Research fellowship in 2012, was named the 2012 Outstanding Young Scientist of Maryland, and was awarded the 2011 Henri Chrétien grant award by the American Astronomical Society.