Serge A. Shapiro received his Diploma in Applied Geophysics from Lomonosov Moscow State University (1982).
From 1982 to 1991 he worked as a geophysicist at the Moscow Research Institute VNIIGeosystem, where in 1987 he received his PhD degree. The main subject of his research was seismic attenuation and scattering.
From 1991-1997 he worked at the Geophysical Institute of Karlsruhe University in Germany. During this time he received an Alexander von Humboldt and a Heisenberg fellowship.
In 1995 he received his State Doctorate from the Physical Department of this university for a thesis on stratigraphic filtering of seismic waves in thinly layered sediments.
From 1997 to 1999, he was a Professor of Applied Geophysics at the Geological School of the Polytechnic Institute in Nancy, France.
From 1997 to 2006 he was one of the Principal Investigators of the WIT (Wave Inversion Technology) university consortium and from 2001 to 2008 - one of Coordinators of the German Continental Deep Drilling Program.
Since February 1999, he has been a full Professor of Geophysics at the Freie Universität Berlin and, since 2004 - Director of the PHASE (PHysics and Application of Seismic Emission) university consortium.
His research interests include seismogenic processes, wave phenomena, exploration seismology and rock physics.
He is a member of AGU, DGG, EAGE and SEG.