Ilya Bezprozvanny received an M.Sci in Physics (1989) from the St Petersburg Polytechnical University and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology (1992) from the Institute of Cytology, Russian Academy of Sciences (scientific advisors – Alex P. Naumov and Galina N. Mozhayeva). As part of his training, Ilya worked with Barbara E. Ehrlich (1990-1994) at the University of Connecticut Health Center at Farmington, Connecticut and then with Richard W. Tsien (1994-1996) in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California.
In 1996, Ilya joined the faculty of the Physiology Department of UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Since 2007, Ilya has been a Professor in the Department of Physiology in UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and has held the Carl J. and Hortense M. Thomsen Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research since 2011. In 2011 Ilya also became a founding head of Laboratory of Molecular Neurodegeneration in Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnical Univeristy in St Petersburg, Russia. In 2021 Ilya also became a founding head of Synaptic Biology laboratory in Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
Ilya's main research interests are focused on understanding the role of deranged calcium signaling in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, and spinocerebellar ataxias.