Anastasia Popkova

Anastasia Popkova

Ms, Doctor of Philosophy Student

  • The University of Western Australia (M013), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


Anastasia is a scientific researcher who specializes in polarization optics, polarimetry, optical superresolution, chiral light beams, and the physics of liquid crystals. She has a deep commitment to education and possesses extensive experience in teaching science and mathematics to students across diverse age groups, ranging from kindergarteners to university level. Currently, she is dedicated to her doctoral studies in physics and education at the University of Western Australia.

Her academic journey began with the successful completion of her MSc degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics in 2005 from South Ural State University in Russia. Subsequently, she obtained her Ph.D. in Optics from Tomsk State University. Her professional development has included roles as a researcher within the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. In these positions, she conducted research on complex polarization systems and the physics of liquid crystals, with a particular emphasis on ferroelectric nanocomposites. Simultaneously, she pursued a diploma in early childhood education and acquired qualifications in pedagogy and psychology for high school education, further enriching her educational credentials.

Currently, Anastasia's research primarily focuses on the development and implementation of a mathematics curriculum for schools to support the teaching of Einsteinian Physics. In her present role, she continues to bridge the realms of physics research and education. Anastasia's research interests are primarily inspired by the vital necessity of equipping the next generation with the skills and knowledge to confront the challenges of the modern world.