Courtesy of Evgeny Zdobnov

Early Indications: Thanks to my parents, I got interested in science and did well in school, so I was accepted to the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. It is Russia's elite university in physics and mathematics. There I developed my attitude to science and its philosophy, earned my BS, MS, and later my PhD. Although fascinated by living organisms, I had never considered myself a biologist before, and in applying to the faculty of Physical and Chemical Biology, I was mainly driven by the idea of understanding what defines life and intelligence. As a graduate and postgraduate student, I was involved in real research projects at Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology in Moscow. It is a great place and I have learned a lot of current bioinformatics and the technologies behind this field.

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