Petr Leiman is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He received his Ph.D. and did postdoctoral training with Michael Rossmann at Purdue University. In 2008-2016 he was an Assistant Professor of Biophysics and Head of the Laboratory of Structural Biology and Biophysics at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne). In 2016, he moved to the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX) where is now an Associate Professor. Petr Leiman is an expert in macromolecular crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy. His research interests are the structure and function of large macromolecular machines such as bacteriophages with contractile tails, R-type pyocins and the bacterial type VI secretion system.