Oleg D. Lavrentovich received his Ph.D. (1984) and Doctor of Science (1990) degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. In 1992 he joined the Liquid Crystal Institute as a Senior Research Fellow. He served as the director of institute in 2003-2011. Lavrentovich held visiting appointments at the University P. et M. Curie, University Denis Diderot in France and other universities. He is the editor of Liquid Crystals Reviews (Taylor & Francis), member of the Editorial Boards of Liquid Crystals, Condensed Matter Physics, Ukrainian Journal of Physics and Advisor of the Kent State University SPIE Student Chapter.