Lillia graduated from Vladivostok State University in Russia with a masters in physical chemistry. In Alexander Spirin’s lab at the Russian Academy of Science, Lillia started working in the field of signal transduction. At Rutgers University, Lillia cloned and characterized the bifunctional proteins TRPM6 and TRPM7, which remarkably act both as kinases and ion-channels. Her follow up work revealed the involvement of these proteins in the regulation of magnesium homeostasis. Furthermore, she showed that TRPM7 is involved in cell cycle regulation of stem cells. She joined the Wühr Lab in 2016 as lab manager and research specialist and is eager to use quantitative proteomics to study cellular organization.