I was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, where I received my Diploma in Physics from Tbilisi State University. I received my PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, where for two years I worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Thanos Nenes’ research group. I also worked as a visiting fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). In 2006 I became an Assistant Professor at NC State University Department of Marine Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Atmospheric Physics, Advanced physical Meteorology and Biogeochemical Cycles.
• Regional and global climate modeling • Laboratory and ambient measurements of sea spray aerosol hygroscopicity and CCN properties • Application of remotely sensed data (MODIS, MISR, CALIPSO, HSRL) • Parameterization of marine organic aerosol emissions • Global scale modeling of micronutrient transport • Measurements of trace gas emissions from different phytoplankton species