Dr. Marina Kasimova


Marina was born in Elektrostal (Russia), a small town located close to Moscow. She did her bachelor and master studies at Moscow State University at the Department of Biology. After graduation, she started her PhD with Mounir Tarek at the University of Lorraine in France. During the 3 years of her PhD, Marina was exploring the modulation of voltage-gated potassium channels (Kv) by membrane lipids. When she finished her PhD, Marina moved to Phliadelphia, USA, to do postdoctoral studies under the supervision of Michael Klein and Vincenzo Carnevale. She was mostly focusing on TRP channels, exploring their mechanism of gating and temperature sensitivity. After this postdoc, Marina started to work at the Science for Life Laboratory with Lucie Delemotte, Erik Lindahl and Berk Hess. Here, she uses Cryo-EM data to direct molecular dynamics simulations of ion channels with an ultimate goal to unravel their potential intermediate states.

Education and Research Experience:

  • 2006-2011 – bachelor and master in Biophysics, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia)
  • 2011-2014 – PhD in chemistry, University of Lorraine (Nancy, France)
  • 2014-2016 – postdoctoral researcher, Temple University (Philadelphia, USA)


  • French government scholarship for co-tutelle PhD thesis (2011-2014)
  • HPC Europa funding (2012)
  • Carl Tryggers foundation scholarship (2017)