Irina graduated from D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia with a B.Sc. in chemical technology, followed by M.Sc. in biotechnology at the Sechenov First Medical University of Russia. Both theses were devoted to metabolic engineering and editing bacterial cells to develop amino acids producer strains. After that, Irina received training in immunology and vaccine development and then got the opportunity to join Müschen lab as a postgraduate associate and gain skills, experience, and knowledge in B-cell cancer research.