Nina was born in Siberia and migrated for an eternal summer to Israel in 1994. After obtaining BSc in biology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2003, she continued to PhD in marine microbiology and ecology with Anton Post. Diligently going to Eilat for monthly sampling cruises, she studied the ecological significance of cyanate utilization by marine cyanobacteria. During her first postdoctoral training in Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California (2010-2013), she took a different angle at microbes and instead of just studying them Nina tried making use of them by engineering cyanobacteria to produce biofuels and to sequester carbon. Then, equipped with proficiency in molecular biology and hands-on experience with multitude of analytical and imaging techniques, she returned to sea during her second postodoc in England (2013-2017) with Mike Zubkov and Dave Scanlan. Shearing time between University of Warwick, the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton and the Ocean, she focused on interactions between marine bacteria, their predators and viruses. When the time was to return to Israel, she contacted Iftah, asking him to host her as a Shamir Research Fellow in his lab. The current project promises to provide defense from pests to cultures of microalgae cultivated in open systems.