I was born
in Baku, "the City of Winds", in Azerbaijan, "the Land of Fire", and lived
there for the first 18 years of my life. I graduated from Lomonosov Moscow
State University, Russia, majoring in Biochemistry (specialization: Bioorganic
Chemistry). Five years I spent in Moscow mean for me, first of all, rich and
lively academic life, unforgettable experience of multicultural communication
and warmth of friendship with my peers. And, of course, my lab - Laboratory of
Molecular Immunology (headed by Prof. Dr. Deyev) at Shemyakin & Ovchinnikov
Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry. My research here has been dedicated to a
biophysical problem of self-assembly of nanoparticles (e.g., magnetic and
fluorescent) mediated ("assisted") by biomolecules attached to their surfaces (i.e.,
ligand interactions such as barnase‒barstar,
pairs). The ultimate goal is to design hybrid nanoparticle-biomolecule
constructs that are amenable to controllable assembly under various conditions,
including physiological ones. Such nanoscale multifunctional structures have
the potential to be used as theragnostic agents for medicine, as biosensors,
etc. Another project I have worked at
involved genetic engineering manipulations with a magnetite-binding protein
from a magnetotactic bacterium and study of this bacterium in culture. My honours
diploma thesis resulted in two papers, and I am glad to have an experience not
only in lab work but also in delivering ideas behind that work in the format of
a scientific communication.
previous research has had little to do with fundamental molecular biology, this
is what I would love to delve in during my studies at Columbia. I am keenly
interested in molecular neuroscience and sensory physiology as well as in developmental
biology. Given the diversity of research labs available to rotate in, I hope to
be able to find my final destination, where the scientific problem I will deal
with will absorb me completely.
In my free
time, I enjoy playing piano, and especially works by Rachmaninov, whom I
admire. That is a great outlet for my musical endeavours.
forward to exploring the academic and cultural life of New York and making new
friends at Columbia.