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English to Ukrainian
Russian to English

Marina Aleyeva
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Local time: 22:51 EEST (GMT+3)

Native in: Russian Native in Russian, Ukrainian Native in Ukrainian
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  • Services:   Translation, Subtitling, Software localization
  • Native languages:   Russian, Ukrainian
  • Specialisation:   Medicine, pharmaceuticals, biology, government, marketing, cosmetics, agriculture, nutrition, subtitling
  • Education:
    - MA Translation, cum laude 2002, the Ukrainian Institute of Linguistics and Management
    - MSc Biology, cum laude 1999, Kiev National University
    - Two-month training in chromosome analysis techniques, Koltzov Institute of Developmental Biology, Moscow, 1996
  • Years of translation experience:   18
  • Over 20 published translations

Novartis Pharma, Boehringer, UK Department for International Development, TACIS, Microsoft, Fremantle Media... Since 1998, I have provided translation services to more than 40 local and international customers, many of them high profile

With a dual background in science and linguistics, I provide well written, thoroughly researched and proofread translation of publishable quality

I first embarked on a career in translation while still a graduate biology student in 1998. My interest in languages had grown out of 10-year studies at a specialised English learning school in my home country. By the time I defended my Master's thesis in Biology, I had completed what I call my 2 years of "apprenticeship" with a local publishing company, which gave me a good taste of a full-on translation experience. By that time, I had had 6 translated books in my portfolio, all of them published. After graduating, I felt I wanted to have a further bash at translation, so I entered another school, this time linguistics-oriented, earning an MA in Translation and Interpreting. Since then, I have been working full-time as a freelance translator, with some in-house agency experience. The combination of two very different backgrounds, along with 10 years of music school piano training, have translated over the years into a unique opportunity to professionally specialise in several highly technical areas. These include:

Medical and scientific translation as a primary focus, but also
Government, marketing, subtitling and several other areas.

As I continue to explore new areas, my knowledge and vocabulary keep expanding. See below for a comprehensive list of my specialisms.


Medicine & pharmacology
Biology (zoology, botany, genetics, microbiology and more)
Chemistry including MSDS
Environment and ecology
Human and animal nutrition

Social services, policy making, policy documents and NGOs

Contracts, certificates, court-related...

Subtitling, captioning, scripts

Marketing, software & website localization

Classical and modern music, musical instruments, painting and museum culture


1998-present: Freelance translator

2010: Book translation - Deodatus F.D. & Protsenko L. (eds.). Creation of ecological corridors in Ukraine. A manual on stakeholder involvement and landscape-ecological modelling to connect protected areas, based on a pilot in the Carpathians. State Agency for Protected Areas of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine, Altenburg & Wymenga Ecological Consultants, InterEcoCentre. – Kiev, 2010. - 160 p

2005-2007: UK Department for International Development (DFID) Project - Facilitating Reform of Social Services in Ukraine (FRSSU)

2006: UK DFID Project - Local and Regional Government Institutional Strengthening (LARGIS)

2006: UK DFID Project - Sustainable Financing of Territorial Administrative Reform (SuFTAR)

2004: TACIS Project - Support to Small and Medium Enterprises in the Rural Sector in Ukraine

2004: Novartis Pharma - A large pharmaceutical and health care project. Translation of monographs, clinical study materials, medical articles and presentations

2003: CSIL Milano - Furniture and home appliances market research in Russia and Ukraine

2003: Fremantle Media - Translator and PA for a TV series project

2003: Book translation project - Cocchiarella L, Andersson G, eds. Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. 5th ed. American Medical Association; 2000; 613 p

1998-2000: Dialektika Publishing Company (Ukraine) - 6 books translated and published.
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