I was born in Moscow, but my parents took me to Germany (Jülich) when I was 7. Today I speak both Russian and German, English, and some French (badly). I did my Abitur in Karlsruhe, where I also did an undergraduate in physics. I took an excursion to the University of Oslo, where, after learning about physics in space, I decided to let go of Earth entirely and went on to study astrophysics at the University of Potsdam. I did my master's project at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam on stellar flares in open clusters. During my PhD studies, I was wonderfully supervised by Katja Poppenhäger
. I research stellar flares, and how they affect exoplanets. Recently, I spent some time at the American Museum of Natural History in New York as a Fulbright scholar. Currently, I am working on X-ray observations of low mass stars, flaring star-planet interactions, and small scale stellar magnetic fields.
My research interests include: stellar magnetic activity, (magnetic) star-planet interactions, and extreme natural phenomena. Otherwise I care about better science and institutions, practical ethics, equity and inclusion, and how humanity may survive the next couple of millenia and beyond.
I spend my leisure time reading, drinking coffee, weightlifting, listening to music, and walking around Potsdam. Many of these things are done while petting my cat Tom.