I got interested in astronomy rather late... I came to Visnjan as a student during my second year of physics studies in Zagreb. There I got the possibility to observe meteors and to use the telescope to
make the first measurements of the variable stars. This decided the course of the rest of my studies. I chose astrophysics as my principal subject. In Visnjan I met people who connected me to professional astronomers in
Asiago Observatory. I went to Asiago at the end of my undergraduate sudies and made my undergraduate thesis work studying a symbiotic variable YY Her there.
At the moment I am finishing PhD studies in astrophysics at P. Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago de Chile. First 1.5 years of my PhD I spent in Chile and the last two at ESO - European Southern Observatory in Garching, Germany. The topic of my research is "resolved stellar populations in nearby galaxies WLM and NGC 5128". The study of the stellar populations aims at constraining the formation and evolution scenarios of the galaxies. In order to study the faint individual stars in these galaxies I used the data obtained with the largest European telescopes, Very Large Telescope (VLT), that are situated in the desert in the north of Chile. From October 2002 I will be a postdoctoral fellow at European Southern Observatory in Garching.
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