RESUME

Professional Accomplishments

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Jan 2021 -

PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR

Collaborative Research Center 1461 "Neurotronics: bio-inspired information pathways"

funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the period 2021-2024

With my team, we explore the dynamic homeostasis of the Hydra nervous system to gain insights into fundamental principles of topology-activity relations in neuronal networks.

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Jul 2019 -

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (ASSISTENT)

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Zoological Institute,

Christian-Albrechts University Kiel

Currently, I hold a Research Associate position and focus my research on two aspects: origin and ancestral function of the nervous system, and evolutionary role of taxonomically-restricted genes (see Research)

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Sep 2018 - Jun 2019

INTERIM PROFESSOR (W3)

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Zoological Institute,

Christian-Albrechts University Kiel

For two consecutive semesters, I deputised for Prof. Thomas Bosch as a head of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and combined my research on evolution of the nervous system with teaching, mentoring students, and administrative responsibilities.

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Jul 2014 - Aug 2018

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (ASSISTENT)

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Zoological Institute,

Christian-Albrechts University Kiel

As a research associate, I continued my research on evolution of stem cells using the freshwater polyps Hydra as model system and dedicated myself to teaching devise courses on cell and developmental biology (see Teaching). 

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Apr 2011 - Jun 2014

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology in Zoological Institute,

Christian-Albrechts University Kiel

For two years, I have been supported by the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship (Germany) and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Kiel University. My research was mainly focused on tracing the evolutionary origin of cancer.

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Jul 2007 - Apr 2011

RESEARCHER, PHD CANDIDATE

Department of Histology and Cell Biology

Saint-Petersburg State University

I received my PhD from Saint-Petersburg State University (Russia). I worked on my PhD project "Development of immunochemical reagents for detection of the Helicobacter pylori CagA-antigen and anti-CagA antibodies" at the Department of Hybridoma Technology in Russian Research Center for Radiology (St.-Petersburg, Russia) under supervision of Prof. Marina P. Samoylovich and Prof. Alexander N. Suvorov.

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Feb 2004 - Nov 2008

RESEARCHER

Institute for Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry

Russian Academy of Sciences, St.-Petersburg, Russia

As an undergraduate student, I worked on a project „Immunobiological mechanisms of host-parasite interactions: comprehensive analysis of the system mollusk-trematode” under the supervision of Dr. Alexander Gorbushin. Most of the material for that project we have collected in our expeditions to research stations in the Arctic (see Fieldwork).