I was born and grew up in Nizhny Tagil, Russia, a gloomy industrial city which became famous as the hometown of Konstantin Novoselov, 2010 Physics Nobel Prize Laureat. I got my Master degree in Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1997. For my master thesis, I worked in the Laboratory of Metastable Quantum States at Russian Center Kurchatov Institute, where I learned how to transfer liquid helium.
After getting my Master degree, I moved to USA to obtain PhD in Physics from Brown University located in Providence, RI. There, I worked on experiments with negative ions ("electron bubbles") in liquid helium under suprevision of Humphrey Maris, a great scientist for whom I have the utmost respect. I spent awesome seven years in Providence going to a kickboxing gym, riding my first motocycle, and learning to play guitar. I also spent some time working in Humphrey's lab and trying to split an electron bubble into pieces, but did not succeed.
After obtaining my PhD in 2004, I moved to Japan and joined the Low Temperature Physics Laboratory headed by Kimitoshi Kono. There, I've learned about electrons on helium and spent next seven years in the Wako Campus of RIKEN mostly getting my hands dirty in the lab. I joint OIST as a faculty member in 2011 to lead my own research group, the Quantum Dynamics Unit, where we do research on electrons on helium and other quantum system. Since 2020, I'm a full professor at OIST.