- CYTO U
I have received my MD degree in Russia and then moved to the US to pursue a career in translational research. After completing a PhD in Molecular Medicine, in 2013 I joined the Boston University Flow Cytometry Core Facility to fill a position that Dr. Snyder-Cappione, the recently appointed core director, tailored to fit my amalgamated interest in immunology research, cytometry method development, and SRL management. Very soon thereafter my responsibilities expanded to encompass multiple leadership roles in this setting. I was promoted to Senior Research Specialist in 2015 and to Associate Director of the Flow Core in 2018. At the same time, I was fully engaged in postdoctoral research in collaboration with several labs on campus and then was successfully recruited as an Assistant Professor in the BUSM Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in June 2018. Currently I have a joint academic/сore faculty appointment and serve as a core facility director. My major research goal is to understand how the immune system manages chronic impacts by employing cytometry-based pipelines, from creation of large parameter phenotyping panels to the utilization of advanced bioinformatics platforms. I published multiple papers including an OMIP report (Belkina & Snyder-Cappione, Cytometry A, 2017) on immune exhaustion mechanisms in chronic inflammatory conditions such as HIV (Belkina et al, Front Immunology 2018; Akiyama et al, Nat Comm 2018), systemic sclerosis (Fleury et al, Arthritis Rheumatol 2018) and periodontal disease (Belkina et al, J Dent Res, 2020). Recently I have developed and published a highly popular, cytometry-tailored, fast and precise optimized t-SNE algorithm (opt-SNE) that allows to accommodate high parameter cytometry datasets with millions of cells mapped in 2D t-SNE space (Belkina et al, Nat Comm 2019). In 2015 I was recognized by ISAC as an SRL Emerging Leader and that started my involvement in the Society activities. I have attended the last 6 CYTO meetings, presented oral and poster presentations every year starting 2015 and delivered a pre-congress invited tutorial in 2019. Every year, I commit to co-chair CYTO parallel sessions, review abstracts and judge poster award competitions and run the SRL Forum at CYTO. Year-round, I served as a member of eLearning Delivery Task Force, Flow Content Task Force and Membership Services Committee of ISAC. Locally, I am a member of the New England Cytometry organizing committee and participate in our yearly regional meeting organization.