Tarasova is past president of IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry), a member of the IUPAC Bureau Executive Committee and Deputy-Chair of the National Committee of Russian Chemists for IUPAC. She is a well-known scientist in the field of radiation chemistry and phosphorus chemistry. She conducts research related to green chemistry, sustainable development, risk assessment and management.
Professor Tarasova is a member of the editorial boards of Russian Chemical Reviews, Journal of Industrial Safety, Green Chemistry and Ecology of Industrial Enterprises. She was Honorary Editor of The Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), UNESCO. She has also managed the translation into Russian of a number of chemistry textbooks and books related to systems thinking.
In 1997 Professor Tarasova was elected as Corresponding Member to the Russian Academy of Sciences, Division of Chemistry and Material Sciences, and since 2000 has been Deputy-Chair of the Academy’s Higher Chemical College.
She holds a Doctor of Science in inorganic chemistry from D.I. Mendeleev University, and in 2003 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Bowling Green State University (USA).