Born in Odessa, Ukraine, he moved to Italy as teenager. He obtained his BSc and MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from the University Of L'Aquila. After graduating, he worked with WEST Aquila s.r.l. (Wireless Embedded Systems Technologies L’Aquila) as Assistant Researcher on people localization and tracking in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN)-equipped buildings. His current research interests lie mainly in security-aware design and implementation of networked embedded systems, with a particular focus on communications security. Beside the research activities, he enjoys travelling and photographing, watching rugby, dancing salsa and listening audio books.