I am queer and I am a graduate student in pharmacology. //
I am a graduate student studying to be a structural biologist. I grew up in Volgograd, Russia—not the most LGBTQ+ friendly place. I got my bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Columbia University and then moved to the University of North Carolina to pursue a PhD in pharmacology. Previously trained as a medicinal chemist and a chemical biologist, I am excited now to explore the world of biochemistry and structural biology. Currently, I am a board member for the UNC STEM Pride of the Triangle club, an organization whose mission is to create a visible and interconnected community of LGBTQ+ and allied STEM students and professionals committed to pursuing their careers with pride!