Grew up in Moscow before the collapse of the USSR. Came to the States right as it was collapsing. Have lived in the States ever since, 2 years in the Midwest, 8 years in Boston, and 11 years near San Francisco. I studied physics, math and molecular biology in college but became an evolutionary biologist in graduate school. I have a 23 year daughter who is entirely amazing, graduated with a BS in history from Bard College and now works in DC. One cool thing she did recently was to elect President of the US (she was on Obama's election campaign staff)!