Expert Center Ranking: ITMO University First in Russia in Engineering Sciences
According to the ranking of the Expert analytic center, ITMO’s performance in 2020 placed it in the top 5 Russian universities, also making it the number one in engineering sciences. ITMO was also named the best in four other subjects. All in all, the university was represented by 13 disciplines out of the 16 currently offered at ITMO.


Chantal Tracey on Life at SCAMT
Chantal Tracey came from Jamaica to study for a PhD at ChemBio Cluster, having previously received a Master’s from St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. We caught up with her to hear all about a day in the life of a PhD student and member of the 3D printing of functional nanomaterials group at the SCAMT.


School for Young Scientists: ITMO University Hosts PI School by SCAMT
The school will feature presentations by leading scholars from different parts of Russia who will speak about their research teams known in the country and abroad. Participants will be able to create laboratories at their higher education institutions with the support of the school’s mentors.


ITMO in Top-Three of Potanin Foundation Scholarship Contest
Almost 60 ITMO University students have received this year’s Potanin Foundation Scholarship. Thus, the university came third behind St. Petersburg State University and Lomonosov Moscow State University. The students will receive a monthly stipend of 25,000 rubles until the end of their Master’s studies.


ITMO Master’s Student Tatiana Statsenko on Internship Abroad During COVID-19
Tatiana Statsenko, a second-year Master’s student at SCAMT, has recently spent a month and a half doing an internship in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. There, together with her colleagues from the Saints Cyril and Methodius University, she explored the synthesis of perovskite nanocrystals.


ITMO Researchers Develop Method for Production of Hollow Nanoparticles From Liquid Meta
Hollow nanocapsules are widely used for various purposes: from targeted drug delivery to catalytic reactions in petrochemistry. An article on the method was published in Chemistry of Materials.


SCAMT Workshop Week took Place at ITMO University
ITMO University hosted the sixth school by SCAMT Institute. Almost 50 participants from all over Russia gained experience in the various fields of research offered at the ChemBio Cluster.


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.