Unique Scientist: Dr. Maruša Bradač

Time to meet Dr. Maruša Bradač (She/her)! Dr. Bradač is an astrophysicist originally from Slovenia and currently a professor at University of California, Davis!

What kind of scientist are you?
I am an astrophysicist. I teach the puzzles of the Universe as well as how to be better citizens of this planet.

What made you want to become a scientist?
Might sound like a cliche, but it was my dad. He took me “observing” when I was seven, and the spark was born.

“But I also try to show my students that life is more than just discovering the secrets of the Universe.”

Dr. Maruša Bradač

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
Well, I am a woman. And I am the kind who cares. But I also try to show my students that life is more than just discovering the secrets of the Universe. You need to enjoy life to be a good scientist. And teach people that science is fun. So I created a class called Physics of California, which is really physics of skiing, surfing and scuba diving.

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE to ski. It has been my passion from before astrophysics. I started when I was just two years old. I was never any good, but that should not stop anyone to pursue your passion.

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I would want people to be excited about and to trust science again. We do not have a hidden agenda, we just want to help the world.

“And I am lucky to have [my mentors], as the story could have been very different.”

Dr. Maruša Bradač

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
Many people have helped me to be where I am. I was lucky to have very supportive mentors on my way. From my PhD advisor (Peter Schneider) to postdocs in that group (Lindsay King, Doug Clowe, Marco Lombardi) to many more later that believed in me. They are my personal heroes. And I am lucky to have them, as the story could have been very different.

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I am going to Chile this week. Both to work on some new ALMA data as well as skiing. Successfully combining work and hobbies makes it feel it is all one big playground.

#WomenInSTEM

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