Mikhail V. Kovalchuk graduated from the Physical Faculty of the Leningrad State University (1970), Doctor of Sciences in Physics and Mathematics (1988), Professor (1998), Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2000). Since February 2005 he has been the Director of the Kurchatov Institute, since 2015 - President оf National Research Center «Kurchatov Institute».
Prof. Kovalchuk is a leading scientist in the field of X-ray physics, crystallography and nanodiagnostics. He is one of the ideologists and organizers of nanotechnology investigations in Russia. Prof. Kovalchuk initiated a scientific program based on the interdisciplinary researches using megascience facilities in the Kurchatov Institute.
Prof. Kovalchuk is the Head of the Interdisciplinary Working Group at the Presidential Council for Science and Education. He is the scientific supervisor of Nano, Bio, Information and Cognitive Technologies Faculty at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology; Dean of the Physical Faculty at St. Petersburg State University, Head of the Department of Nanosystems Physics at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Editor in Chief of the «Crystallography Reports» journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Prof. Kovalchuk is a member of the International XFEL Council, also is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). For many years Mikhail Kovalchuk is an author and presenter of a popular scientific TV program. He is a laureate of numerous state prizes and awards.