I obtained an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy from Sechenov Moscow State Medical University in Russia. For my graduate study, I moved to University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where I performed my PhD research in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Gerald de Haan. During my PhD, I participated in development of cellular barcoding method for quantitative analysis of contribution of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to blood formation. Using cellular barcoding, I addressed differences in HSC pool size, lineage output and skeletal localization of young and aged HSCs. As a postdoctoral scholar in the Passegué lab, I study how aging-related changes in the bone marrow microenvironment (HSC niche) participate in development of HSC aging phenotypes. My goal is to learn how cellular and molecular changes in the niche drive or reinforce hematopoietic decline over the lifespan, and whether these changes can be reversed to rejuvenate hematopoietic system.