Dr. Maria V. Barbolina joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago as an Assistant Professor in 2008. She received her M.S. in Biotechnology from the Lomonosov Moscow State Academy for Fine Chemical Technology in 1996 and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology Russian Academy of Sciences in 2001.She was a postdoctoral fellow at the State University of New York at Buffalo where, under guidance of Dr.Paul Gollnick, she studied the mechanisms of RNA-protein binding and regulation of prokaryotic transcription.In 2004, Dr. Barbolina has switched her research interests into the field of cancer research. She began studies of biological mechanisms underlying metastatic progression of ovarian carcinoma in Dr. Sharon Stacks lab at Northwestern University. In 2006, Dr.Barbolina joined a lab of Dr. Lonnie Shea at Northwestern University, where she added an expertise in tissue engineering to her multidisciplinary research portfolio.She received the Vahlteich scholar award from the UIC College of Pharmacy, three postdoctoral awards from Penny Severns Breast, Cervical and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, as well as an OCRF Program of Excellence Award.Her current research interests include understanding of the role of chemokine receptors, particularly, fractalkine and lymphotactin, in metastatic ovarian carcinoma.