Maria graduated from Samara State University, Russia with first-class honours diploma in Physicis in 2001. She obtained her PhD from the University of St Andrews, Scotland in 2005, supervised by Prof Thomas F Krauss. The topic of her PhD was photonic crystal waveguides and tunable filters in InP. Maria held three Post Doc positions at the University of St Andrews working on polarization rotators, blue light emitting diodes, diffractive optics elements. Then she took a career break to raise her children. On moving to Ireland, she won a Marie-Skladowska Curie fellowship and started working in April 2018 in CAPPA, CIT and IPIC, Tyndall. Maria is currently working on design, fabrication and characterization of Lithium Niobate on Insulator devices for Quantum Photonics.