I was born and raised in Perm, in the Ural mountains bordering Asian Russia, in the family of engineers. Since the secondary school I was interested in linguistics and sciences. When I was studying in the grammar school specialised in mathematics, physics and IT in Perm, it has occurred to me that biology is no less interesting than math or physics, and I've started participating in biology olympiads organised in my country. Over years, it has brought me to absolute #1 rank in the Russian Biology Olympiad among other 350'000 participants. This allowed me to participate and win a medal in the International Biology Olympiad 2011 in Taipei among the other 200+ participants from 50+ countries, this was truly a life-changing experience.
Choosing the course of university studies back in Russia was complicated: I was passionate about biochemistry and molecular biology, though Russia back then was only marginally better-off in scientific funding than during the financial collapse of 1990s. Moreover, biology was never a science that fascinated the USSR leadership due to various reasons. Moving abroad wasn't an option back then, so I've entered the best technical university in Russia (at least math and physics were always supported by the Soviets), the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Department of Biological and Medical Physics, then moved to the Department of General and Applied Physics. During my studies there I was involved in training of the Russian national teams for participation in renowned international competitions: IBO, IJSO, IPhO. Besides I was happy that I had my own seminar course for the freshmen students of MIPT on introductory biochemistry and molecular biology. During the course of studies I've worked on multiple scientific projects with my own funding: under my supervision undergraduate students of MIPT were studying the effect of various flavonous substances on the treatment of cancerous cell lines of humans as a preparation of preclinical trials. For my BSc thesis I was studying the binding of various ligands to GPCRs embedded into nanodiscs membrane-modelling medium. It was a great time in the Laboratory for Perspective Research of Membrane Proteins at MIPT.
After having participated in the Summer Research Programme (SRP) at EPFL administrated by Alice Goodman (to whom I owe introduction to the expats' life in Romandie), I have applied to graduate school at EPFL and was accepted to EDBB and EDMS back in June 2015: I chose EDBB and Sebastian Märkl's lab (LBNC).
I think that the opinion of scientists in general is misrepresented when it comes to decision-making in society. Even though I see myself in academia, I aim at providing better opportunities for society and ensure that scientific knowledge is broadcast to wider groups. It would be great to make a change together!
At the moment my research supported by SystemsX.ch is focused on the biophysics of transcription factor - promoter interactions. The project is focused on determining the functional consequences of promoter architecture in order to develop a quantitative model of gene expression. It involves state-of-the art microfluidic platforms such as MITOMI and kMITOMI, computational modeling, as well as synthetic and molecular biology approaches. Specifically, we focus on interactions of the Pho4 transcription factor with its targets in the S. cerevisiae genome and the role that multiple adjacent binding sites play in promoters.
Outside the lab I like skiing, cycling, jogging, wine-tasting and diverse social and cultural events. One of the things that I adore is teaching, sometimes I take it too seriously; this is one of the reasons why I really want to stick to academic career. Besides I really like to learn -- be it new technique, some humanities course or languages.
|PhD Candidate||Laboratory of Biological Network Characterization||EPFL||September 2015 -|
|Junior Research Fellow||Laboratory for Perspective Research of Membrane Proteins||Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology||March-September 2015|
|Junior Research Fellow||Innovative Drugs Development Laboratory||Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology||February 2014 - February 2015|
|Member of the Organizing Committee||monthly IBI-EDBB Grad Student Mini-Symposium||Interschool Institute of Bioengineering||October 2016 -|
|Head of the Organising Committee||ETH/EPFL Summer school: Shaping the Future of Bioengineering||Davos (GR)||10 - 16 September 2017|
|BSc||Applied Mathematics and Physics||Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology||2011-2015|