Maxim Molodtsov

Maxim Molodtsov

Qualifications and history

  • 2003 MSc in Biophysics, Moscow State University, Russia. 
  • 2007 PhD in Biophysics, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Russia
  • 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria
  • 2018 Group Leader, the Francis Crick Institute and University College London, London, UK

Maxim obtained his MSc degree from the Physics Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Then he moved to the laboratory of Richard McIntosh at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he measured forces generated by disassembling microtubules and showed that these forces are sufficient to drive chromosome movements in mitosis.

Maxim obtained his PhD in 2007 and returned to Russia, where together with Fazly Ataullakhanov he worked to establish experimental single-molecule biophysics research at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In 2012, he became a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna, Austria, where he joined the laboratory of Alipasha Vaziri and established a close collaboration with Stefan Westermann, which resulted in the discovery of a microtubule force generated mechanism of cytoskeleton rearrangements. 

Maxim co-developed novel tools for high-speed 3D imaging as well as new quantum optical approaches and a mathematical framework for studying human vision. He also collaborated with Jan-Michael Peters’ laboratory and became interested in unravelling the basic mechanistic principles underlying the genome architecture.

In 2018, Maxim became a group leader at the Francis Crick Institute. He simultaneously holds a joint appointment at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University College London.