Mariya Khodakovskaya​, Ph.D., Appointed as Interim Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies

Mariya Khodakovskaya, Ph.D.Dr. Khodakovskaya received her Master of Science in Biology from Far Eastern Federal University, specializing in Plant Physiology in 1992. In 1997, she received her Ph.D. from Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences.

“All my life I have studied plants and have been interested in the improvement of plants through genetic engineering.” she said. “Then, when the technology came along, I became interested in understanding how nanomaterials would affect plants, and what kind of applications that would have. That’s how my research program developed here at UA Little Rock.”

Dr. Khodakovskaya will serve the college on matters of research and graduate study; including planning, programs, curriculum, facilities, grant funding, and she will be the liaison for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Graduate School.

What I like about working with graduate students is the magnitude of the impact we have on their lives. When a student comes to your graduate program, they finish a different person. The work is a total transformation which we can observe.

Mariya Khodakovskaya

Recently, she co-edited a book Plant Nanotechnology: An Overview on Concepts, Strategies, and Tools, sharing her and other academics’ discoveries in this pioneering interdisciplinary research field. She also served as the graduate coordinator for the Department of Biology since 2014, mentoring M.S. and Ph.D. candidates through their academic careers.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Khodakovskaya to the Office of the Dean. We look forward to working with her in preparing students to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and innovative and responsible leaders.

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