Born 1960 in Kiev, Ukraine. Study of biology and PhD in molecular biology and genetics Univ. Kiev (1989), research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Univ. Witten-Herdecke (1990-1992), research assistent Univ. Witten-Herdecke, habilitation in biochemistry (1997), Professor Univ. Witten-Herdecke (1998-2008), chair of Physical Chemistry Univ. Witten-Herdecke (2000-2008), Director and Scientific Member at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry (2008-2021), since 2022, Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences.