Maria received her BSc in Geology and MSc in Geophysics from Novosibirsk State University, Russia. During 2009 - 2017 she has been working first as PhD Candidate and later as a PostDoc at University of Utrecht, faculty of Geosciences.There she has been working on 3D numerical modelling of subduction evolution in Western Mediterranean region. This research resulted in numerous publications in highly-cited journals and oral presentations at international conferences. One of the accomplishments was creating of the first in the world full 3D numerical model of a subduction region which was later extended with integration of present day seismic observations. She enjoys working on complex tasks in numerical modelling domain and she likes to implement her out-of-box thinking capabilities in solving issues inside as well as outside of her core competence.