I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Pines Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. I seek to solve fundamental problems in chemistry by applying cutting-edge experimental techniques. I am especially passionate about nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) because of their conceptual beauty and exceptional usefulness. My goal is to further improve their performance by combining advances in physics and chemistry of nuclear spin hyperpolarization with novel methodologies of signal detection. My long-term goal is to broaden the application boundaries of NMR/MRI for investigating chemical processes at the micro- (organelles in living cells) and macro-scale (industrial-size chemical reactors). See Research page for more information.
I grew up in Ulan-Ude, Russia and went there to my local high school. Then, given some success in studying chemistry, I was accepted to Novosibirsk State University (NSU) without exams. There I received my specialist degree (equivalent to B.S. + M.S.) summa cum laude and completed my Ph.D. in physical chemistry. My Ph.D. work was mainly done at the International Tomography Center in the laboratory of Igor Koptyug. After graduation, I moved to the US to work at the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (laboratory of Ed Chekmenev) and now I am at UC Berkeley. I have been working on improving NMR and MRI techniques through inventive chemical reactions and quantum-mechanical tricks. And I enjoy it a lot! 🙂 If you want to know more details you can look at my CV or contact me directly.