Irina was born and raised in Russia, where she completed her undergraduate studies with an engineering degree in biotechnology. Before moving to Singapore, she spent a few years at the Pasteur Institute in St. Petersburg working with resistant bacteria and developing new diagnostic methods. In Singapore, she completed her PhD in the Kline lab addressing the enterococcal adhesins in biofilm formation. After her PhD, Irina joined Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology under the supervision of Tim Lu and Kimberly Kline to work on combinatorial genetics in Enterococcus faecalis to combat biofilm-associated infections. Outside of the lab, Irina juggles taking care of 2 daughters and a cat, yoga classes, reading, and planning the holidays she hopes to find time for!