Liliya has a PhD in Plant Genetics and Biology from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and over 14 years scientific expertise in plant breeding, phytopathology, and biochemistry. She has over 10 years of experience in knowledge transfer and commercialisation with a strong track record in establishing academia-business collaborations and helping consortia to win funding for innovation and R&D. Liliya is leading the Earlham Institute Business Development and Impact Team, delivering the EI’s Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Strategy, and supporting the EI Faculty with developing links with other academic organisations, private companies and wider stakeholders, and realising the impact of EI research.
Prior to the Earlham Institute, Liliya worked at KTN as a Knowledge Transfer Manager within the Agri-Food Team, where she supported large and small companies developing innovative technologies, and worked with government agencies, Innovate UK, research organisations and public funding bodies aiming to add value to the UK economy from exploitation of innovative products and technologies. Prior to KTN, Liliya worked at the University of East Anglia where she managed the delivery of several large multi-partner projects including the £5.3m InCrops Project (ERDF co-funded), £14.6m EnAlgae Project (INTERREG co-funded), BioInno project (Lifelong Learning Programme), and Commercial Consultancy activities.
Liliya's expertise includes plant sciences, biotechnology, agricultural technologies, biorenewables, and bio-based materials. Liliya is passionate about translating technological innovation into economic, social and environmental impacts.