Certified in secondary education, State School N81, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, 1991. Degree in biochemistry and education, Dnepropetrovsk State University, 1996. Doctor of Philosophy, Otto-von-Guericke University, 2000.
Research fellow Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany, 2001—2002, Institute Applied Neurosci., Magdeburg, 2002—2003. Research associate Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, since 2003.
Life partner John Mark Crook.