Dr. N.Verkhovtseva studied Agrochemistry at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Russia. After graduation, she entered the graduate school of the same university and received her PhD degree in 1975. She then taught at Yaroslavl State University, Yaroslavl, Russia. She then joined the research academic group of Kondrat’eva at the MSU. She received her degree Doctor of Science (microbiology) in 1994 at the same university and the title and position of professor at the Department of Agrochemistry and Plant Biochemistry, Faculty of Soil Science, Moscow State University. She has published more than 140 articles in journals and collections of articles in Russian and foreign journals, SCI (E) 36.