Biotechnology and related subjects are based on experimental scientific research. I use in-depth discussion of concrete examples of biological phenomena or experimental methodologies to explain general concepts. I teach students to critically read and analyze original research texts. I teach basic and advanced skills of scientific presentation and scientific writing.
I am a Ph.D. scientist with 30 years of research experience in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and biotechnology. Recently I have been teaching a graduate-level Molecular Biotechnology course with 5-10 students in a group. Throughout my career I trained and mentored over a dozen of undergraduate interns and junior postdoctoral fellows in technical and scientific aspects of experimental work. One high school intern advanced to Siemens competition semi-finals with the project she completed under my immediate supervision. Other former trainees attend graduate schools at UC-Berkeley, Columbia University, and Princeton University.
1991 – 1992: Research Associate. Institute of Protein Research, Pushchino, Russia
1992 – 1997: Research Assistant. Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Illinois at Chicago
1997 – 2007: Research Fellow. Molecular Mechanisms of Transcription Section, Gene Regulation and Chromosome Biology Laboratory, NCI, NIH, Frederick, MD
2007 – 2018: Staff Scientist. Molecular Mechanisms of Transcription Section, RNA Biology Laboratory, NCI, NIH, Frederick, MD
2014 - 2015: Instructor. UMBC Division of Professional Studies, The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD
Molecular Biotechnology (BTEC 652), UMBC, USG, Summer 2014 and 2015
Introduction to Nanomedicine (BIOL322), FAES Graduate School, Bethesda, MD, Spring 2013
March 2016 – September 2017: Intern. Freedom from Cancer Startup Challenge, Center for Advancing Innovation, Bethesda, MD
Development of experimental methodologies in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics.
Scientific writing of experimental papers and review articles, from data generation to manuscript submission.
Critical reviewing of scientific manuscripts.
Supervising and mentoring junior laboratory staff.
Teaching a 3-credit graduate course; modifying the syllabus based on the cutting-edge research.
Reviewing patents and patent application, writing executive summaries of the inventions.
Scientific Community Activities:
Editorial Board Member
Protein Expression and Purification
Reviewer for Scientific Journals
Blood, PLoS Biology, Protein Expression and Purification, BMC Biology, Nature Communications, Biophysical Journal
Chemical Reviews, special issue on Gene Expression (2013)
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