At-Home Lab Experiments: A Look at the Summer SCAMT Workshop Week 2020
41 students from nine Russian cities, including Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Astrakhan and Vladikavkaz, took part in this summer’s SCAMT Workshop Week, hosted by ITMO University’s ChemBio Cluster on July 6-12.


‘Free From Sulfates, Phosphates, and Parabens’: What Is Chemophobia and How Is It Tackled at ITMO
You may not have heard about chemophobia, but this fear of chemical substances is a vastly more widespread phenomenon than it may seem at first glance.


Members of laboratory «Applied Genomics» published an article in International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Members of laboratory «Applied Genomics» published an article «Structural and genetic characterization of the colitose-containing O-specific polysaccharide from the lipopolysaccharide of Herbaspirillum frisingense GSF30T» in International Journal of Biological Macromolecules


SCAMT ITMO Staff Visit University of Toronto as Part of Megagrant Research Project
The ongoing pandemic has made the academic community to put a lid on all forms of direct scientific contact such as conferences, internships, and exchanges. Two researchers from ITMO University got lucky: they were able to do an internship at the University of Toronto (Canada) mere weeks before the country closed its borders.


Over Twenty ITMO University Students Win Potanin Scholarship Contest, seven SCAMT students between them!
In 2020, 500 out of 3,000 candidates were chosen to become the scholarship’s recipients throughout their Master’s; 27 of them are ITMO University students and seven SCAMT students between them!


Exploring New Cultures, Studying New Materials: SCAMT Students on Their International Internships
ITMO collaborates with over a hundred universities all over the world and its students regularly participate in international internships and semester exchanges. In this article, the students of ITMO’s SCAMT Laboratory who’ve recently come back from European universities share their experience and advice on how to take part in an internship abroad and what perks this gives.


Antivirus Invention by Scientists of ITMO’s ChemBio Cluster Soon to Appear in Shops
A unique virus and bacteria inhibitor, Blocker has become the first product released by Inno-Colloids, a small innovative enterprise based at ITMO University. Soon, it can be found on the shelves of the supermarket chain Lenta.


ITMO University Researchers’ Work on DNA-Based Nanorobot for Cancer Diagnostics
A group of researchers from ITMO University has come up with the concept of a new drug against cancer: a nanorobot made of DNA fragments, which can potentially be used not only to destroy cancer cells but also to locate them in the body. The research is published in Chemistry – A European Journal.


ITMO Students Win a Grant from Gazprom Neft for Their Project on Abandoned Cars
SCAMT student Daria Gorbenko is a member of the team-winner!


Scientists Propose an Inkjet Printing Technology for Battery Elements to Make Them Compact and Flexible
A group of St. Petersburg scientists has proposed a new method of manufacturing electrodes for lithium-ion batteries that power laptops, smartphones and tablets. The researchers have shown that these elements can be printed on an inkjet printer, which will reduce the electrodes’ thickness by 10–20 times and open up new opportunities for manufacturers of compact electronics. Their article has been published in the journal Energy Technology.


Soft Skills For Anyone: ITMO Stand Up Comedy
The sound cafe recently hosted a “serious” stand-up performance on soft skills in the 21st century. Mikhail Kurushkin, an associate professor at the ChemBio Cluster, shared some of his personal stories and discussed some actual soft skills one might need in their career.


Besting Elon Musk at Memristors and Making a Vascular System Model to End Animal Testing: Results of SCAMT Workshop Week
Yet another installment of the international winter school SCAMT Workshop Week has recently wrapped up at ITMO University. Over the course of a week, more than 40 participants from different Russian cities were attending lectures, collaborating on scientific projects, mastering working with state-of-the-art equipment and just getting to know each other.


Bioinformatics Specialist Alexey Komissarov on Gaps in Genomic Studies and Plans to Close Them
It was not so long ago that bioinformatics specialist Alexey Komissarov joined the team of ITMO University’s SCAMT Laboratory, where he conducts the assembling and annotation of complex genomes of animals and humans. At the end of 2019, the Applied Genomics research group, which he heads, received a grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research. Their project will be dedicated to the analysis of genes and proteins in nerve cells of lampreys, which could help in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases.


ITMO Scientists and Mariinskaya Hospital Specialists Are Developing a New Thrombolytic Drug
ITMO University’s international research center SCAMT, together with specialists from the Mariinskaya Hospital, continues to work on a new thrombolytic drug. Based on the of preliminary tests, magnetically controlled particles can break down blood clots significantly more effective than the drugs currently used.


Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) announced grant winners of the competition for the best fundamental research projects
Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) announced grant winners of the competition for the best fundamental research projects: SCAMT member is one of the winners.