Tomsk Polytechnic University (Russia)
Bachelor and Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering
Tomsk State University as an electronic and later research engineer
PhD Student at Tyndall National Institute
Insight Centre for Data Analytics,
Tyndall National Institute
University College Cork
Favourite thing to do in science: Learn and even discover new things, also work with cool equipment
About Me: Siberian by birth. Science, tea and homemade cakes lover. Costume maker and cosplayer.
I used to live in Tomsk, the city in the middle of Siberia, Russia. I love winter, though I’m horrible at skiing. I currently live in Cork and work at Tyndall National Institute. I am a tea lover and enjoy baking. I can’t imagine a weekend without homemade pastries. I also make costumes in my spare time, especially from movies such as Star Wars. I even have been to a couple of Comic-Cons.
My Work: In my work, I am mostly interested in knees. If you ever watched soccer or rugby you may know how often players have knee injuries. We are trying to help people recover faster by using smart wearable devices.
In my work, I am mostly interested in knees. If you ever watched soccer or rugby you may know how often players have knee injuries. We are trying to help people recover faster. Our body produces different signals: electrical, mechanical and other signals. And the knee isn’t an exception: it makes noise when we move and muscles produce electricity. We can pick up those signals with special devices. Some of those devices can even be made as smart clothes, such as pants :-).
My Typical Day: I usually start work at around ten. I spend my day doing experiments, usually recording people doing exercises. The rest of my time I go through the results and write about those results in scientific papers. I also often read and attend classes as there's always something to learn.
I am not a morning person, at all… barely can get myself out of bed every morning, so if I start my working day before 10 – that’s great… Good thing though, as a PhD student I have flexible working hours, so I just work a bit more in the evening. I don’t have a precise schedule. I might do some experiments with people. They usually do exercises and I do some measurements, for example, I can record noise from knees. When the experiments are finished I usually go over the results and the rest of my time I spend writing papers for scientific journals or catching up on the latest news in my field. I also attend some classes, since there’s always something to learn.
What I'd do with the money: I want to organize a STEM activity "Body electricity". In my activity, I want to explain how our body generates electricity and how important it is for body functioning.
I want to organize a STEM activity “Body electricity”. In my activity, I want to explain how our body generates electricity and how important it is for body functioning. I would like to make a few props, such as a heart model to show how electricity makes our hearts beat. Another thing would be a portable heart monitor that I can use for a hands-on activity, such as measuring heartbeat before and after a few exercises. Ideally, I would like to make two versions of this activity, online and in person.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, responsible, kind
Who is your favourite singer or band?
My love for music is not limited to one band...
What's your favourite food?
My love for food isn't limited by one dish either
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Taking a taxi in full alien costume and make up.
What did you want to be after you left school?
Engineer or a doctor
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
I added to the general human knowledge a tiny bit
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
Books...Loved sci-fi when I was a kid (still do...) so now I can bring this future a bit closer
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A costume designer for movies or theatre
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
More time in a day, make an important discovery, be able to teleport
Tell us a joke.
What starts with a T, ends with a T and full of T? A teapot :)