Dr. Yaroslav graduated from School of Biology of Moscow State University in 2010 and got a Specialist degree (equals to Master of Science). As an undergraduate student he was involved to studies of mitochondrial F1Fo-ATP synthase. His Master’s Thesis research was done in a lab that specialized on cell signaling in human adult stem cells. He found, that endogenous hydrogen peroxide modulates the signal from membrane growth factor receptors, providing the opportunity for the cell to react according to the current conditions. He got Severin’s Prize award for my undergraduate research in 2008.
For his PhD work he decided to return to mitochondria research and enrolled at the Rowan University School of Biomedical Sciences. He joined Dr. Temiakov’s lab and was studying replication and expression of human mitochondrial genome. For this work he was awarded with Rowan University Award for Excellence in Graduate Research in 2015. He graduated in 2016, and spent two years completing his projects.
Currently he is a Postdoctoral Research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, and works with Dr. Greenberg on molecular mechanisms of resistance of ATM kinase deficient breast and ovarian cancer cells to chemotherapeutic drugs. The development of this project will expand our knowledge of basic mechanisms of genome maintenance and DNA repair and may benefit patients with ovarian cancer.