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Education and Employment


MPhys in Physics with Astronomy, Cardiff University, October 2002 – June 2006, 1st class with honours. The MPhys is an integrated Master's program. My third year (equivalent Bachelor's) project was a study of the Orion-drive nuclear spacecraft (supervisor Prof. Steve Eales). My fourth year dissertation was entitled, "Galaxy Formation Simulations : Forming a disc galaxy without dark matter", supervisor Dr. A. Nelson.

PhD in Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, 2006 – 2010. My thesis title was, "The Virgo Cluster Through the AGES", supervised by  Dr. J. I. Davies. For more information on this and my other research, see the science pages.


Postdoctoral Associate at Arecibo Observatory (under Cornell University), March 2011 – September 2011.
Re-hired by USRA at Arecibo Observatory as a Visiting Professional, October 2011 – June 2012; promotion to Scientist I, July 2012; left August 2013.

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ASU), October 2013 (Galaxies and Planetary Systems department).

Staff scientist at the ASU (permanent position), 2019 – present.


PPARC/STFC PhD student 3 year fully-funded maintenance grant (2006-2009).
Up to 25% of salary at Arecibo could be drawn from a NASA planetary radar grant (P.I. Mike Nolan), which mainly involved photographing a potato.
30% of salary from grant P209/12/1795 (Czech Science Foundation, P.I. Richard Wünsch) during 2014-2016. Salary was funded from many different grants thereafter (at varying levels), including the ALMA Large Infrastructure project LM 2015067 (from the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports – large Infrastructures for Research, Experimental Development and Innovations), the Tycho Brahe project, LG14013, the CSF project P209/12/1795, and the institutional project (RVO 67985815).

P.I . of the Czech Science Foundation grant 19-18647S, 2019 – 2022, total funds 5.3 million CZK (approximately €220,000). This fully funded one postdoctoral researcher (Boris Deshev) and partly funded four permanent staff members.


Winner of the ASU's Jan Frič award 2018 for young researchers.

Winner of the Czech Academy of Sciences award for young scientists for outstanding scientific achievements,
Team member of the Galaxies group awarded the Czech Academy of Sciences prize for outstanding achievements of scientific importance, 2015.

Successful Observing Proposals

P.I. on a proposal for the Serbian 1.4m Milanković telescope for deep optical imaging of HI clouds (11 nights awarded).

P.I. on FAST proposal PT2021_0035, “Revealing the nature of HI detections in the nearby cluster Abell 1367” (5 hours awarded).

P.I. on IRAM 30 m telescope proposal 156-17, “The Kinematics and Star Formation Efficiency of Ultra Diffuse Galaxies” (36 hours awarded).
P.I. on VLA proposal 17A-278 “The Nature of Optically Dark HI Clouds in the Virgo Cluster” (16 hours awarded).
Co-I on AGES, the Arecibo Galaxy Environment Survey (total 2,739.5 hours of Arecibo observations, from 2006 – 2020 when the telescope collapsed).
Co-I on WAVES, the Widefield Arecibo Virgo Extragalactic Survey (177 hours of Arecibo time awarded).