Dr. Shirshova is currently a Lecturer in Engineering Materials at the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, as well as a member of the Durham Energy Institute at Durham University.
She started her career as a PhD student (1996) in the Institute of Polymer Chemistry and Physics in the Uzbek Academy of Sciences (Tashkent, Uzbekistan). This was followed by three months at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Golm, Germany, under a DAAD Fellowship. In 2004, she received a Royal Society/NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, which she brought to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. After a year, she was offered a Research Associate position, followed by promotion to Research Fellow in 2010. In February 2014, she was awarded an Inaugural Sir William Wakeham Fellowship.
Her research interest is in functional polymers and polymeric materials for various applications, including polymers and composites for energy storage applications. She is particularly interested in a feasibility study of using environmentally friendly and sustainable resources and processes for the development of energy storage devices.