Ilia Kurochkin, PhD

CRI Computational Postdoctoral Fellow

Understanding Immune Cell Diversity


Ilia is a bioinformatician excited about integrating omics approaches to understand molecular mechanism beyond the cell fate. He studied bioinformatics at Lomonosov Moscow State University (2008-2013). His diploma project focused on understanding structural features of RNA using NGS data. Already during his diploma studies Ilia became interested in integration of omics data for deciphering complex biological processes. Ilia continued to investigate biological data during his PhD studies at Skoltech (2014-2018), with the main focus on human brain evolution.

In his free time, Ilia enjoys outdoors activities, such as, running, skiing and hiking. In 2019, Ilia reached the highest European summit, Mt. Elbrus.

Academic Background

  • 10/2014 – 10/2018: PhD program in Life Sciences.
    Thesis Title: Comparative Analysis of Human Brain based on Mass Spectrometry Data.
    Supervisor: Professor Philipp Khaitovich, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology;
  • 09/2008 – 06/2013: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Specialist degree in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics with honors.
    Thesis Title: RNA structure prediction with high-throughput sequencing.


Single-Cell Transcriptional Profiling Informs Efficient Reprogramming of Human Somatic Cells to Cross-Presenting Dendritic Cells

Fábio F. Rosa, Cristiana F. Pires, Ilia Kurochkin, Evelyn Halitzki, Tasnim Zahan, Nejc Arh, Olga Zimmermannová, Alexandra G. Ferreira, Hongzhe Li, Stefan Karlsson, Stefan Scheding, Carlos-Filipe Pereira

March 4, 2022 / Vol. 7, No. 69
Science Immunology

Understanding and Modulating Immunity With Cell Reprogramming

Cristiana F. Pires, Fábio F. Rosa, Ilia Kurochkin and Carlos-Filipe Pereira

December 11, 2019 / Volume 10, Article 2809
Frontiers in Immunology

Direct Reprogramming of Fibroblasts into Antigen-Presenting Dendritic Cells

Fábio F. Rosa, Cristiana F. Pires, Ilia Kurochkin, Alexandra G. Ferreira, Andreia M. Gomes, Luís G. Palma, Kritika Shaiv, Laura Solanas, Cláudia Azenha, Dmitri Papatsenko, Oliver Schulz, Caetano Reis e Sousa and Carlos-Filipe Pereira

December 7, 2018 / Vol. 3, Issue 30, eaau4292
Science Immunology

Cooperative Transcription Factor Induction Mediates Hemogenic Reprogramming

Andreia M Gomes, Ilia Kurochkin, Betty Chang, Michael Daniel, Kenneth Law, Namita Satija, Alexander Lachmann, Zichen Wang, Lino Ferreira, Avi Ma'ayan, Benjamin K Chen, Dmitri Papatsenko, Ihor R Lemischka, Kateri A Moore, Carlos-Filipe Pereira

December 4, 2018 / Vol. 25, Issue 10
Cell Reports