Brad Cenko


I’m currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Astronomy Department at the University of California, Berkeley.  My research touches upon a diverse array of topics that all involve studies in the time domain.  As a graduate student working with Profs. Fiona Harrison and Shri Kulkarni at the California Institute of Technology, my thesis centered on understanding the energetics and environments of gamma-ray bursts (GRB) discovered by the Swift satellite.  Now I work primarily on the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF), a new wide-field, high cadence survey that is systematically exploring the variability of the optical sky.

I’m also very interested in the way advances in instrumentation and computer science enable new modes of inquiry in our field.  As a graduate student, I helped to automate the Palomar 60 inch telescope to conduct rapid response observations of GRB afterglows and other transient phenomena.  PTF obtains several hundred gigabytes worth of images each night - mining this haystack in an efficient manner is something we are actively working on these days.

If you would like to know more about my work, or perhaps are a long lost friend, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  I would love to hear from you. 

Welcome to my new home on the web!

Brad Cenko

Department of Astronomy

University of California, Berkeley

601 Campbell Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720