Immunologist and ITMO Fellow Marina Dukhinova: ‘Proud to Be a Part of Russian Science’
Marina Dukhinova is a biologist and immunologist whose research focuses on the use of immune modulation in the treatment of inflammatory and cancerous diseases.


Picture of the Week: Human Neuroblastoma Cells on Spider Silk Fibers
The image was taken during an experiment devised to test the use of spider silk in the creation of biocompatible materials – a promising medium for targeted drug delivery and nerve tissue regeneration.


ITMO Associate Professor Elena Koshel on What DNA Robots Could Mean for Medicine
During the third scientific meetup, Elena Koshel, an associate professor at ITMO University’s ChemBio Cluster and head of the Microbiology team, discussed DNA robots and how specialists at SCAMT are using them to develop a new system for express diagnostics.


ITMO Launches a New Master’s Program in Applied Genomics
The program will train researchers and specialists in introducing genomics and bioinformatics into industry and healthcare. Over the course of the program, students will acquire sequencing methods and the methods used in genetic engineering, as well as programming and data analysis for genomes, transcriptomes, proteomes, and their combinations. The program will start at the basics, so there are no strict entry requirements for applicants.


Picture of the Week: Spinneret of Linothele Fallax Spider
Various species of spiders use silk from their spinnerets to produce threads for their webs. In science, these threads can serve as a multifunctional natural material for drug delivery and other medical applications.


ITMO’s Researcher Marina Dukhinova on Viral Pneumonia and Ways to Treat It
Recently, ITMO University scientists have published an article in Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews that reviewed global studies of viral pneumonia over the past years. ITMO.NEWS talked to Marina Dukhinova, one of the authors of the article, about this illness, its causes, and ways to study it.


Picture of the Week: Fluorescence Microscopy Image of Neuroblastoma
Neuroblastoma cells are used in the first stages of testing biocompatibility of nervous system drugs.


Student Spotlight: Moustapha Nour, Djibouti
A year ago, Moustapha Nour left the hot African climate of Djibouti to enroll in the Master’s program in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at ITMO University. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS he told us about his journey to Russia, his experiences as an international student, and his short- and long-term goals.


Top Nine Questions About Genome Decoding
These days, we often hear about scientists have decoded the genome of this or that species. ITMO.NEWS and Aleksey Komissarov, a researcher at ITMO’s , explain what DNA is, how it helps us study animal ancestry, and in what way DNA testing differs from genome research.


Picture of the Week: Test Fluid in a Decellularized Spinach Leaf
A decellularized, nearly-transparent spinach leaf is used as a model for testing thrombolytics. Such models of plant origin can become the alternative to the use of lab animals as test subjects.


Experience of Attending the BioPrint Workshop Remotely
Student of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology - Subhrajit Barua - shares his experience of Attending the BioPrint Workshop Remotely!


BioPrint Workshop Takes Place at ITMO University
Top scientists from Canada, Germany, China, and the US have discussed the future of bioprinting with students, who also were able to try 3D printing with their own hands.


Research Team from ITMO University, St. Petersburg State University, and Nova Southeastern University Is the First to Sequence the Genome of Moss Animals
Moss animals (Bryozoa) are a source of bryostatin, a promising material to be used in medicine. However, the genome of these species hasn’t been analyzed until now. The research has been published in Scientific Data.


SCAMT Scholarship winners are now announced
In total there are 32 winners: 1st degree - 9 students, 2nd degree - 10 students, 3rd degree -13 students! Congrats winners!


Battleships and Electrons: ITMO Student Develops a VR Game for Chemistry Students
The game gives players a chance to act as captains of space fleets and destroy all enemy ships. But to figure out the coordinates of the ships, they will have to remember the quantum numbers that describe the electrons in an atom.