Maria graduated in Chemistry from Novosibirsk State University, Russian Federation, in 2006. As a student, Maria investigated Pt-containing catalysts for car exhausts afterburning and the mechanism of methanol synthesis from syngas during her BSc and MSc projects carried out at Boreskov Institute of Catalysis (BIC), one of the biggest scientific institutes in Russia. During her PhD, received in 2010, Maria had a chance to work at two different universities, Bath University and Warwick University, while working on an inter-disciplinary project called “Bi-catalytic conversion of glycerol to value-added products”. In 2012, after a career break, Maria undertook a short postdoctoral position at Bath University developing continuous C-H functionalization of arenes using Pd/Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles in a microreactor. This was followed by a 3 years postdoctoral position at Warwick Manufacturing Group, Warwick University, where Maria worked on a project called “Cleaning Land for Wealth” (CL4W) which combined expertise in plant science, biotechnology, engineering and catalysis. In 2016 Maria took up a role of University Teacher at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University.