Graduated Theoretical Physics, Vilnius University, Lithuania, 1985. PhD in Physics, Vilnius University, 1989. Habilitation in Physics, Vilnius University, 2001. A.v. Humboldt fellow in Physikalisch-Technische Bundesantstalt (PTB) Braunschweig, Germany, 1991-1992. Between 1993-2003 senior research fellow in Braunschweig PTB and University of Hanover researching on nonlinear pattern formation in lasers (optical vortices, spatial solitons) and in Bose condensates. Since 2004 ICREA research professor in Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, head of research group on lasers, photonic and sonic crystals, nonlinear laser dynamics. Professional experience: around 250 articles in scientific journals; around 500 presentations in conferences among them around 60 invited presentations; 2 patents. Monograph "Transverse Patterns in Nonlinear Optical Resonators" Springer, 2003; Up to now directed (or currently directing) 13 PhD projects.