Galina is a MR physicist with the expertise in sodium MRI and microimaging (UTE, MQF) at ultra-high field (9.4T), particularly in applying these techniques in exploring new imaging markers in diseases associated with physical stresses i.e. arthritis and injuries in sports medicine. Galina studied for her undergraduate (Soft Condensed Matter Physics) degree at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia and postgraduate (PhD, Chemical Physics) degree at Clark University, Massachusetts, USA. From there she moved to a post-doctoral position at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, Florida, USA working on MRI of fluid flows in tissues following a second post-doctoral post in MRI of bio-fluid flow in stenotic geometries at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, USA. She continued as an independent Researcher at Colorado State University developing hyperpolarised MRI methodology for lung studies and sodium MRI methodology for soft tissues characterisation. In 2009 she was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, where she continued to work on hyperpolarisation techniques and sodium methodology developments. She was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2017, her research is currently funded by MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC and charities and targets development of sodium MRI for healthcare applications.