I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, and eventually moved to the United States in 1999. I graduated from Caltech in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. That same year, I enrolled in Duke Medical School to pursue an MD/PhD dual degree. Taking care of heart failure patients on the wards greatly influenced my decision to pursue cardiovascular research for my PhD. As a result, in January of 2012 I joined Dr. Bursac's lab where I hope to characterize the interactions of mesenchymal stem cells and cardiomyocytes as they pertain to the treatment of cardiac dysfunction. Outside the lab, I enjoy playing tennis, doing P90X at my house, and spending quality time with my wife.
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My project is focused on differentiating cardiomyocytes from human stem cells, and assembling them into highly functional 3D cardiac patches.