I am a cognitive neuroscientist with a research interest in the neurobiology of language and pain. I am particularly fascinated by how context modifies perception and comprehension of identical stimuli. I am also a clinical neuroimager interested in depression, aging and stroke. I use multiple neuroimaging tools and methods (EEG, MEG, fMRI, NIRS, tDCS) to investigate brain network states and dynamics.

Currently, I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences (MSPS) at The University of Melbourne. I am supported by an MSPS Research Fellowship and a Melbourne Research Fellowship. Previously, I was an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow based at the University of Melbourne (2018-2021), and a Postdoctoal Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health (2016-2018), working in the group of Professor Amy Brodtmann. Prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Geneva working with Dr. Narly Golestani and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School working with Dr. Jian Kong and Dr. Randy L. Gollub. I completed a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Cambridge and Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, under the supervision of Prof. Friedemann Pulvermüller and Prof. Yury Shtyrov. I was a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

I also hold a BA/MA in Linguistics and Interpreting/Translation Studies from the Far Eastern State University of Humanities, Russia and a Research MA in Neurolinguistics and Models of Grammar from the University of Groningen, Netherlands (thesis supervised by Dr. Laurie Stowe and Dr. Angeliek van Hout). I was a recipient of the Huygens Excellence Scholarship and was also awarded the Groningen University Fund Scholarship to undertake a research internship at the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique in Paris, working with Dr. Emmanuel Dupoux and Dr. Alejandrina Cristia.