I joined the lab in April 2017. Before that I was a PhD student (2011-2014) and subsequently a postdoctoral fellow (2014-2016) in Saint-Petersburg State University (Russia). My previous research was focused on biodiversity and phylogeny of heliozoans and amoebae. In 2015-2016 I already worked with Fabien when he was still in Vancouver on the project on the phylogenomics of centrohelids – one of the orphan lineages in the eukaryotic tree. Here in Sweden I will work with more orphan lineages in order to bring some enigmatic microbes to the lab and hope to see what is hiding behind deep-branching “environmental” clades.