Michael Zharnikov has received a Master degree (with honor) in Solid State Physics from the Moscow Engineer-Physical Institute in 1981. Afterwards he worked in RSC Kurchatov Institute in Moscow, receiving PhD degree in Experimental Physics in 1989. After 2 post-doctoral stints at the Technical University Munich (1991-1994) and Max-Planck Institute für Mikrostrukturphysik in Halle/Saale (1994-1996), Zharnikov joined the Heidelberg University and become Prof. apl. in 2008. He has published 324 research articles, which have attracted over 9700 citations with a h-index of 50. He also obtained 2 patens and gave over 160 lectures, including 68 invited/keynote/plenary talks at various conferences.