Curriculum vitae


Ph.D.     Plant Biochemistry and Physiology, Institute of Plant Physiology, RAS, Russia (2004)

M.S.        Biochemistry, Moscow State University, Russia (2000). Magna cum laude.

Major     Biology, High School of Biology #520, Moscow, Russia (1995). Summa cum laude.


Kean University, NJ (2016-current)

Introduction to Botany and Biochemistry courses.

Lehman College, CUNY (2008-2016)

Summer and semester courses for undergraduate students: General Biology BIO166/167, College Now – advanced  placement biology course for high school students, General Biology Summer Workshop for freshmen (preparing students for transitioning from high school to college system), Anatomy and Physiology BIO181/182, Plants and Society BIO184, Molecular Biology BIO420 (guest lecture on Protein Biochemistry; lab teaching assistance).

Research training: individual training of undergraduate and graduate students in a molecular biology laboratory. Aspects taught: how to design an experiment, bench work – from cloning to analysis of the results, how to make presentations, basic knowledge of scientific writing (how to make a poster or write a report). Individual training of graduate students and visiting scientists on instrument usage (confocal microscope (Leica TCS SP5), HPLC (Waters).

Math and Science Academy, New York (2008-2009)

Tutoring of undergraduate students. Subjects covered multiple biology disciplines (biology, anatomy and physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry).

Stockholm University, Sweden (2005-2007)

Molecular Biology (lectures and labs, assistance with advanced course – membrane fractionation, protein isolation, proteomics).

Research training: supervising training of research projects of Erasmus program students (research design, bench work, written and oral reports).


Kean University, NJ, USA (2016-current)

Assistant Professor.

Lehman College, CUNY, New York, USA (2013 – 2016). Adjunct Assistant Professor, Doctoral Lecturer.

Lehman College, CUNY, New York, USA (2008 -2013): Postdoctoral Fellow (NIH funded). Principal Investigator: Prof. Eleanore T. Wurtzel.

Research:   Localization of enzymes/complexes involved in carotenoid biosynthesis in plants.

  • Developed maize protoplast transformation method, localized proteins by confocal fluorescent microscopy (Leica TCS SP5 system)
  • Expressed and detected radioactively labeled proteins in chloroplast fractions (in vitro)
  • Analyzed protein complexes by pull down assays, cross-linking, Blue-Native/2D electrophoresis and Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation (BiFC), as well as LC MS/MS (in collaboration with Mass Spec Facility at Hunter College, CUNY)
  • Expressed and purified biosynthetic enzymes; set up in vitro activity assays
  • Analyzed by HPLC and UPLC carotenoid composition of plant and coli samples

Scientific Writing: Participated in manuscript and grant proposal writing and development

Lab management: coordinated lab activities, purchasing, equipment maintenance and repair.

Stockholm University, Sweden (2005-2007). Postdoctoral Fellow.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Birgitta Norling.

Research:   Protein transport and sorting in Cyanobacteria.

  • Knock-out of Synechocystis protein sorting enzymes (leader peptidases) genes
  • Participated in developing method of different membrane fractions purification and membrane protein isolation to compare protein distribution in mutants and wild type
  • Used MALDI-TOF in proteomic analysis of Synechocystis membrane fractions

Scientific Writing: Participated in manuscript writing

Institute of Plant Physiology, RAS, Moscow, Russia (2000-2005). Ph.D. Student/Research Scientist, Principal investigator: Prof. Dmitry A. Los.

Research:   Stress inducible gene expression in Cyanobacteria.

  • Identified key proteins involved in signal transduction in a two-component system
  • Analyzed gene expression of a cyanobacterium Synechocystis under different stress conditions with by DNA-microarray and bioinformatic methods

National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki, Japan (2002-2004). Visiting Scientist.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Norio Murata.

Research:   Stress inducible gene expression in Cyanobacteria.

  • Constructed a library of Synechocystis mutants affecting proteins involved in two-component stress signal transduction system
  • Analyzed gene expression of cyanobacteria under different stress conditions by Northern blot, DNA-microarray and bioinformatic methods

Institute of Virology, RAMS, Moscow, Russia (1998-2000). Junior Research Assistant.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Edward V. Karamov.

Research: HIV-induced apoptosis in human lymphocytes; HIV drug resistance.


Best oral presentation among young scientists: 3rd Meeting of Russian Society of Geneticists and Breeders, 2004.


Scientists Teaching Science; at New York Academy of Sciences (2014). A course on modern teaching of science based on current techniques and education in science.

Writing for Biomedical Publication; Scientific Writing for General Public; at New York Academy of Sciences (2012).

Certificate of Fitness type C14 (charge of chemical laboratory); at Lehman College, CUNY (2010).

Operation of fluorescent confocal microscope system Leica TCS SP5 (basic and advanced courses taught by Leica Microsystems representatives); at Lehman College, CUNY (2008-2009).

Scientific Writing; at Stockholm University, Sweden (2006)

Operation of MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometer Voyager-DE STR at Stockholm University, Sweden (2005).


MOJ Proteomics and Bioinformatics, Associate editor.




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