Olga Smirnova is the head of Theory Group at the Max Born Institute in Berlin, Germany. She has received her PhD from the Moscow State University in 2000. From 2000 to 2003 she worked as Assistant Professor (tenured) at the Moscow State University. In 2003 she moved to the Vienna Technical University as Lise Meitner Fellow, and in 2005 she joined the theory group at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, NRC Canada, becoming permanent staff member in 2006. In 2009 she moved to the Max Born Institute in Berlin to start her own theory group, which focuses on using intense light fields to image and control attosecond dynamics in atoms and molecules. She is recipient of the Karl-Scheel-Preis of Physikalischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin for the work on high harmonic spectroscopy of multielectron dynamics.