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Dunja Fabjan

I am Assistant Professor in astrophysics at University of Ljubljana. My main research topic are galaxy clusters, whose properties I study by means of cosmological hydrodynamic simulations. I am also active in public outreach and science communication.


Contact information

Jadranska ulica 19
1000 Ljubljana – Slovenija
office 214
.: (+386) 1 4766 524
dunja.fabjan (at)

More information on my personal web page.


Curriculum vitae

2004 – B.S. in Physics and physical technology, University of Trieste, Italy
Il fondo cosmico nelle microonde

2006 – M.S., Astrophysics and Space Physics, University of Trieste, Italy
Simulazioni idrodinamiche di ammassi di galassie: proprietà chimiche e termodinamiche

2010 – Ph.D. in Physics, University of Trieste, Italy
The effect of star formation and feedback on the X-ray properties of simulated galaxy clusters

2012 – Master in Science Communication, International School for Advanced Studies SISSA-ISAS, Trieste, Italy
La comunicazione istituzionale al tempo della Playstation: il cambiamento e i nuovi strumenti negli uffici stampa degli enti di ricerca italiani


Complete list of papers on NASA Astrophysics Data System and in the Slovenian database SICRIS.

Selected papers:

  • PLANELLES, Susana, FABJAN, Dunja, BORGANI, Stefano, MURANTE, Giuseppe, RASIA, Elena, et al. Pressure of the hot gas in simulations of galaxy clusters. Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, ISSN 1365-2966, 2017, vol. 467, issue 4, str. 3827-3847
  • PLANELLES, Susana, FABJAN, Dunja, et al. On the role of AGN feedback on the thermal and chemodynamicalproperties of the hot intracluster medium. Monthly notices of the royal astronomical society, ISSN 0035-8711, 2014, vol. 438, issue 1, str. 195-216
  • FABJAN, Dunja, et al. X-ray mass proxies from hydrodynamic simulations of galaxy clusters – I. Monthly notices of the royal astronomical society, ISSN 0035-8711, 2011, vol. 416, issue 2, str. 801-816
  • FABJAN, Dunja, et al. Simulating the effect of active galactic nuclei feedback on the metal enrichment of galaxy clusters. Monthly notices of the royal astronomical society, ISSN 0035-8711, 2010, vol. 401, issue 3, str. 1670-1690
  • FABJAN, Dunja, et al. Evolution of the metal content of the intracluster medium with hydrodynamical simulations. Monthly notices of the royal astronomical society, ISSN 0035-8711, 2008, vol. 386, issue 3, str. 1265-1273

Public outreach and science communication

  • public talks and articles (complete list)
  • series of lectures Evenings at the astronomical observatory (public talk)
  • Open days and nights at the Astronomical observatory
  • Slovenian version of the Astronomical Picture of the Day (APOD) (occasional translations)
  • Slovenian Portal to the universe (contributor/writer/translator, ESOcast translation, social media managing)
  • national competitions in astronomy (collaboration)
  • International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics (comentoring of the Slovenian team, exercise preparation)