International Voices at UMSL

Alexei Demchenko

Alexei Demchenko, Russia
Curators' Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

How long have you been at UMSL?

20 years

Besides English, what languages do you speak?

Russian, some Italian

What books, music, movies, or food from your country would you recommend to a friend from the United States?

Too many options for books and movies, let's stick with food: drink - kvass, food - russian salad (olivie). Music 80's rock (Mashina vremeni), 90's pop Irina Allegrova

What is one thing you expected about St. Louis or the United States that wasn’t actually true?

A major international airport with good connection to Europe

What is something about your home country that would surprise Americans?

The European part of Russia is not cold

What advice would you give to someone from your home country traveling to the United States for the very first time?

Be yourself

What made you choose UMSL?

Opportunities and facilities for Research