I was born in Moscow, Russia and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. I did my Bachelor’s (B. E.) and Master’s (M. E.) in mechanical engineering at the Cooper Union, where I learned to love fluid mechanics and data visualization. I decided to pursue a PhD at Georgia Tech to find more beautiful phenomena to visualize and understand.
Outside of the lab, I like to do aerial silks. I also love my pets: I have a dog, an axolotl and two tarantulas.
I’m waiting for the results of my dog’s DNA test to find out what kind of mix she is. Have any guesses? Contact me!
After graduation, I hope to work as a research scientist at a national lab or in industry. I want to continue studying different types of collective motion (everything from proteins to birds), understanding how animals move, and applying that knowledge to create new technology such as robot swarms.