Svetlana Khakhina, PhD, completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State Academy of Fine Chemical Technology, Russia. She moved to the United States in 2006 to pursue her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at Rowan University (formerly known as UMDNJ). During the tenure of her PhD, Svetlana studied the intricate mechanisms of mitochondria biogenesis and its role in the process of Apoptosis (cell death).
Since then Svetlana has continued her research endeavors in the field of Microbiology and Virology. She was involved in understanding the inner workings of Candida glabrata a pathogenic fungus, and more recently she was studying the possible mechanisms of resistance against HIV infection. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in training several future student scientists. Being able to make them fall in love with science and research is where her passion for teaching stems from. She is always excited to be able to guide curious minds and mentor science enthusiasts.