I am originally from Moscow, Russia, where I received a BS in Bioorganic Chemistry from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2003. In 2004, I obtained an MS in Bioorganic Chemistry from Moscow State University and Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry where I worked on developing novel methodologies to study functional genomics of mycobacteria. I then made the big move to the US to attend Duke University as a PhD student. For my PhD thesis, I joined the lab of Dr. Mariano Garcia-Blanco where I studied mechanisms of alternative splicing of the interleukin 7 receptor (IL7R) and its connections to multiple sclerosis.
The focus of my postdoctoral research in Eva Anton’s lab at UNC is the role of the tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) genes in cortical development. Additionally, I am involved in several projects investigating the role of primary cilia in cerebral cortical development in various mouse model systems.