Vitaly Tchernenko is a Russian Virologist who was in New York during the outbreak of Green Poison and was an acquaintance of Dr. Gordon Amherst and Dr. Jessica Kandel. He is the only known Virologist that can create a Vaccine for the Green Poison Virus.
Events of Tom Clancy's The Division & Tom Clancy's The Division 2
He was staying at the Russian Consulate until he was kidnapped by the Rogue First Wave Division agent Hornet and the Last Man Battalion. After Aaron Keener left the LMB, Keener sent his fellow rogue agents, Raptor and Domino, to stall the Second Wave Division agents and JTF forces in the U.N. building in order for them to evade and escape with Tchernenko.
During his captivity, Tchernenko was forced to engineer a more lethal Green Poison and a device to spread them faster. Fearing for his life, Tchernenko complied. In the end, he successfully invented them using Amherst's notes and resources retrieved by Keener, which was later used by Keener on the attack of The Division Base of Operations in New York City.
Tom Clancy's The Division 2: Episode 3
After Keener is done with him, he was handed over to the Black Tusk. Knowing Keener's reputation and fearing this is some kind of trap set by him, the Black Tusk Commander of New York, Dolores Jones, ordered her men to put Tchernenko in a containment chamber. Knowing Tchernenko has resurfaced, Division command in Washington, D.C. sent a squad of Division agents to retrieve Tchernenko so that he can help them to create a vaccine for the Green Poison Virus. Tchernenko was rescued and extracted to Washington, D.C. by a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and was brought in for further questioning.
Vitaly Tchernenko grew up in a loving family and is the youngest of his six siblings. While still at school he won a scholarship to study immunology at Lomonosov Moscow State University. After graduating he moved back to his hometown and completed a PhD at Novosibirsk State University. Tchernenko met Gordon Amherst while the latter was doing an exchange year at Vector.
Tchernenko is not wildly ambitious, but feels passionately about progressing science. He is a hard worker and solid researcher; however, he doesn't always understand the ethical consequences of his actions.