Rene Breton is a lecturer at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at The University of Manchester. He received his PhD in astrophysics from McGill University in 2009. His main research interests revolve around the study of pulsars, transients and binary systems, which he uses to try to understand matter under extreme density, gravity and magnetic fields. He currently holds a prestigious European Research Council Starter Grant for the study of pulsar binaries nicknamed after the deadly black widow and redback spiders, as they are believe to gradually destroy their companion star. Rene also has a keen interest for science outreach. He co-funded Pulsar Hunters, a citizen science project seeking help from volunteers to find new pulsars.