Dr.biol., Researcher

Work:     Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry (LS IWC)
               27 Dzerbenes st., LV - 1006 Riga, LATVIA
               Tel. +371 67 545137 ; Fax +371 67550635

2008        Ph.D. theses “Wood Brown-Rot: Basidiomycetes and their Destructive Action on Lignocellulose”, Faculty of Biology, University                     of Latvia
1994 -1996     MSc degree in biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia
1989-1994    Diploma in microbiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia

Research experience:
2010-present    ERAF project “Innovative wood and its processing materials with upgraded service properties” (No. 057).
2009-present    ESF project “Importance of Genetic Factors in Formation of Forest Stands with High Adaptability and Qualitative Wood Properties” (No. 146)
2008-2011     EC 7th FP project WOOD-NET (Nr. 203459); Thematic Priority “Biological wood damage of culture heritage sites: organisms, biodeterioration, prevention”
2003-2006    EC 6th FP project WOODPRO (QLAM-2001-00360); Work Package “Biodegradation of lignocellulose by wood-rotting fungi”
2005               PHARE  Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2002 (ES 2002/000-636); Project “Mycological risk factors in environment”
2001-present     Researcher, LS IWC
1996-present       Head of the Mycological Unit at the Laboratory of Wood Protection and Biodegradation  

Research visits:
2010                  Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Tbilisi, Georgia.
2004 – 2006    St. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia.     
2004 – 2006    Federal Research Centre for Forestry and Forest Products (BFH), Hamburg, Germany.
2001                 Company “AS Mycoteam” Oslo, Norway.

2011                     International Research Group on Wood Protection
2007- present    Management Committee of the COST Action IE0601 (WoodCultHer)
2004- present    European Mycological Association, Council Delegate from Latvia
2002- present    Latvian Microbiology Society
2002- present    Latvian Mycological Society
1999- present    International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society

Hobbies:     Travelling; mountain skiing; nature; skating