I am from Russia, where I received MDs in Family Medicine and Immunology and Allergy and completed PhD work on type I Diabetes and Polyglandular autoimmune syndromes. During my clinical residency and PhD scholarship, I worked in a clinical immunology lab, focusing on autoimmune diagnostics. In 2009, I joined Dr. Hancock’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow to study epigenetic regulation of FOXP3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs). While others in the lab work in murine models, my research interest concentrates upon the biology of human Tregs in clinical samples. My ongoing projects involve studies of Tregs and T cells in i) organ transplantation, ii) cancer, iii) obesity, iv) sarcoidosis, and vi) last, but not least, the epigenetic regulation of Treg phenotype and function.