Kirill Vinnikov

Turkey (Fulbright S&T grantee 2010)

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Kirill Vinnikov is currently pursuing doctoral research in Zoology at the University of Hawaii, Manoa under the mentorship of Dr. Kathleen Cole. His research project investigates the goby fish phylogeny and its development. He also studies fish behavior.

A native of Russia, Kirill graduated with honors from Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok where he worked on flatfish systematics. During his studies he carried out research using complex morphological and genetic approaches in several laboratories both at Far Eastern National University as well as the Institute of Marine Biology of the Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences. Kirill’s thesis received two governmental awards in Biology. Prior to receiving the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, Kirill worked as a teaching assistant at his university and has published 8 articles in peer-reviewed journals. In the future, Kirill plans to return to his home country and launch a laboratory that will be a center for the study of marine resources and provide training to young scientists in Russia’s Far East.