As a scholar, the graduate of the Moscow University Dr Nikolaj Serikoff belongs to the St Petersburg academic school of Classical Arab Studies. His research methods to a major extent were influenced by the traditions laid by the eminent scholars of St Petersburg University, such as: Baron Victor Rosen, Professors Ignatius Krachkovsky and Alexandre Vasiliev to name but a few, who paid special attention to a detailed linguistic and historical analysis of the Medieval Islamic and Christian manuscript tradition. Holding since the mid-nineties the post of the Assistant Curator and subsequently the Asian Collections Librarian at the Welcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine (London), Dr Serikoff pursued his interest in making the Library’s unique Oriental manuscript collections available to the widest audience. He was among those who initiated publication of a splendid popular book about these collections: Pearls of the Orient. Asian Treasures from the Welcome Library, ed. N. Allan, London and Chicago: Serindia Publications, 2003. Dr Serikoff is a well-known expert amongst relevant academic circles for his workshops and seminars dedicated to Ottoman manuscripts.