I received my basic education in soil science specializing in soil microbiology at Moscow State University, where I also obtained my PhD. During my postgraduate education I participated in the "van Uden International Advanced Course on Molecular Ecology, Taxonomy and Identification of Yeasts" hosted at New Lisbon University in Portugal.
During this period I was also involved in several research projects on yeast fungal ecology focusing on the following topics: biodiversity and community structure, investigation of new habitats, population studies, yeast community functions.
I have been lucky to get scientific experience and important skills working in several research institutions:
the soil science faculty of Moscow State University, Centro de Recursos Microbiológicos (CREM/FCT, UNL, Portugal), the Institute of Genetics and Selection of Industrial Microorganisms, and the Russian National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms (VKPM).
Currently I am involved in a research project supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This project aimes at investigating the soil yeast fungi in forest ecosystems and evaluating the human impact on taxonomical and functional diversity. These studies are performed in the recently established "German National Exploratories".
I am also involved in supervising various student research projects on yeast fungi diversity in natural biotops.