Dr. Kotelnikova received her BSc degree in 1984 after her studies of “Effect of oxygen on enzymes of energy metabolism from Methylomonas methanica” from the Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences(RAS). She earned a MSc degree in 1985 after studing “Respiration of hydrogen-oxidizing bacteria “ from the Institute of Biophysics of Siberian Academy of Science, RAS and qualified as Biologist and Teacher of Biology and Chemistry through the Nizxniy Novgorod University, Russia. In 1994, Dr. Kotelnikova was awarded her degree of PhD in Microbiology, “Taxonomy of Methanotrophic Archaea of Genera Methanobacterium and Methanosarcina” from the Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, RAS. Her Postdoctoral fellowship was completed in 1997, “Deep hydrogen-based biosphere” at the University of Gothenburg, and Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
In the years 1997-2001, Dr. Kotelnikova served as a Posdoctoral Researcher in microbial effects of subsurface rock biofilms on aquifers funded by the Nuclear Power Waste Company (Svensk Kärnkraftavfall Bolag, SKB) in Stockholm, Sweden and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She also was a part of USADOE Project on ultra-deep (3.1 km) communities of anaerobic Bacteria and Archaea in Witwatersrand, South Africa. In the mean time she furthered her teaching qualifications by gaining a diploma of Teacher of Biology and Chemistry in Sweden.
Since 2001, Dr. Kotelnikova has held the faculty position at the School of Medicine and, as adjunct, at the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University, Grenada. She currently is serving as Professor at the Department of Microbiology, SGU, as an acting Director of SGU Environmental Unit and researcher at WINDREF. During her time in Grenada she has taught hundreds of pre-medical, pre-veterinary and Life Science candidates in Genetics and Microbiology, supervised research of number of successful candidates gaining MSc in Microbiology (15), undergraduate research students (35), and PhD (2), in their studies of diverse bacterial or archaeal communities in such environments as Grenadian hot iron springs, seawater, sea bottom biofims, marine fish, invertebrates and sponges.
Dr. Kotelnikova’s research and teaching focuses on understanding the nature of microbial species and classifying new species of disease-causing bacteria with the outcome of helping public health workers to prepare for the transmission of antibiotic resistance in Nature and emergence of novel diseases.