Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Science
Radcliffe Department of Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine Division
Tell us a bit about your role
I am a scientist with ~8 years of experience as a general physician. I have been long-interested in the mechanisms of atrial fibrillation and cardiac fibrosis.
I graduated in medicine in 1998 in Russia and worked as a general physician until moving to the UK in 2005. After completing my DPhil in 2010 at the University of Oxford (the Queens’ College), I was awarded the Transitional Fellowship by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Oxford Centre of Excellence (2013) and the BHF Intermediate Fellowship in 2016. I am currently an Associate Professor in Cardiovascular Science and a group leader/PI, driven by the prospect that one day my work will make a real difference to patients’ management and care.
My programme of research on atrial fibrillation and cardiac fibrosis attracted a number of fruitful internal, national and international collaborations with the top labs in Medical Sciences. Our joint efforts facilitated the discovery of a new calcitonin-signalling cascade in atrial myocardium that can potentially shift our understanding of myocardial biology and pave the way for new therapeutics in atrial fibrillation. Furthermore, our research is highly interdisciplinary, as it involves industrial collaborations, drug-discovery studies, structural biology, high-throughput and, functional and mechanistic studies. This inclusive and overarching approach to science is likely to provide new knowledge and influence multiple areas of Medical Sciences. Finally, leading and efficiently managing scientific networks offers a great opportunity for developing new studies, skills and opportunities for collaboration across all Medical Sciences.
What is the most meaningful aspect of your work?
Among others, the most rewarding and meaningful part of my work is a prospect to identify new therapeutic targets that may be translated into future effective treatments for patients.
Can you tell us about something you've done, contributed to that you're most proud of?
I am most proud of the scientific courage, persistence and a positive attitude that allowed me to progress in academia and beyond.
What changes would you most like to see in the Medical Sciences in the next 100 years?
I envisage that Medical Sciences will become more collaborative and multidisciplinary.