For a standard (always up-to-date!) CV with a list of publications click here. A less formal version of my biography is below.
· I am Russian by birth, born in the city of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in 1968. From 1983 to 1985 I studied at the remarkable high school number 30. In 1985 I entered Leningrad (St. Petersburg since 1991) State University and graduated from its Department of Mathematics and Mechanics in 1992 (M.Sc. with Honours).
· I received my Ph.D. in 1996 at the Steklov Institute of Mathematics at St. Petersburg under the supervision of Prof. Anatoly Vershik. During 1992-1996 I was teaching undergraduate and preparatory courses at the Baltic State University of Technology ("Voenmekh") at St. Petersburg.
· In 1996-1997 I was working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut de Mathématiques de Luminy at Marseille. There I also obtained a kind of BA (or MA?) grade in modern French studies (Diplôme Supérieur d'Etudes Françaises Modernes, as it were) from the Alliance Française.
· In November 1998 I came to Manchester where I got a job as a Research Associate in the Department of Mathematics at UMIST. There I was working for three years in collaboration with Matthew Nicol and Dave Broomhead. Our research was sponsored by an EPSRC grant.
· I am a member of the St. Petersburg Mathematical Society since 1997 and, when in St. Petersburg, participate in the activities of the St. Petersburg seminar on representation theory and dynamical systems.
· There is an active seminar dedicated to Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems in Manchester (which I organise).
· Now I live in Manchester but I've spent most of my life in St. Petersburg (former Leningrad) which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Click here to enjoy sights of my native city. You may also listen to the city hymn whose music was composed by R. M. Glier .
· I am married. Click here to visit the website of my wife Olga.
· I speak Russian (mother tongue), English (fluently) and French (used to be fluent a few years ago, but my French has become a bit rusty since...).