I am from Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. During grad school, I spent two years working on my Ph.D. thesis at the European Southern Observatory in Germany. After that I went to the Institute for Astronomy in Hawaii, first in a postdoctoral position and then continuing as a research scientist for 13 years. Much of my effort in Hawaii focused ground-based support observations, especially photometric analysis, for three cometary space missions: Stardust, Deep Impact and Stardust-NExT. I moved to California after getting married in 2011 and I started working at JPL in 2013 supporting the NEOWISE mission and conducting follow-up observations of NEOs at JPL’s Table Mountain Observatory. I am married to Steve Chesley, also of JPL, and we have two amazing daughters, born in 2014 and 2015. Swimming and skiing are my passion since childhood and I am a member of the Rose Bowl Masters swim team. When I am not observing, I love to spend time with my family, going for a hike with our dog Komet, reading and baking.
Astronomy observations, data reductions and photometry analyses.
Astrometry and Photometry of Asteroids and Comets.
Ground-based Mission Support and data reduction.