Degree, University Donetsk, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, Leningrad, 1975.
Researcher institute marine biology Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, 1975-1978, researcher pacific oceanological institute, 1978-1980, senior researcher, 1980-1984, head laboratory, since 1984.
Married Zhadan Galina Grigorievna, June 9, 1970 (divorced 1979). 1 child, Andrey; married Marina Alexandrovna Vaschenko, November 11, 1980. Children: Irina, Anastasia.