Annual Awards for Biotech leaders

In November 2018, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation kicked off its Biotech Initiative with an awards ceremony in Kyiv, honoring 24 young scientists in Ukraine. Cash and travel grants totaling almost $60,000 were given out.

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Recipients:  

Diana Aznakayeva

Leading Engineer, Palladin Institute of Biochemistry of NAS of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
PhD
Manchester University, UK

Svitlana Bilous

Associate Professor, Botany, Dendrology and Forest Tree Breeding Department, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
PhD in Forest Culture and Phytomelioration
2013
National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU)
“Culture of Populus tremula L. (DNA-identification, morphogenesis in vitro, adaptation in vivo”
Published articles: https://nubip.edu.ua/node/5034
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A scholarship holder of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for young scientists (The Committee on State Prizes in the field of science and technology of November 5, 2018, No. 74)
Laureate of Award of the President of Ukraine for young scientists in 2015 (Decree of the President of Ukraine №705 / 2015 of 16 December 2015).

My research line is with forest biotechnology, particularly the micropropagation of forest tree species, getting them to be pathogen-free, improving plants to create economically and ecologically sustainable forests. I study morphogenesis in vitro and the main approaches for cloning plants by direct and indirect ways. Nowadays, I study morphogenesis in vitro of ancient forest trees, as a way of preservation and propagation of unique genotypes, studying their anatomical and microbiological features.

Rostyslav Blium

Undergraduate student in genetics, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Publications
Papers
1. Blume R.Ya., Lantukh G.V., Holubets O.V., Rakhmetova S.O, Yemets A.I., Rakhmetov D.B., Blume Ya.B. Integrated evaluation of seed oil composition and yield potential of oil radish as new high-productive biodiesel source. Factors Exp. Evol. Organisms, 2018, 23: 24-30 (in Ukr.).
2. Blume R., Rakhmetova S., Rakhmetov D., Blume Y. Fatty acids composition of Raphanus sativus var. oleifera seed oil and analysis of breeding potential of this species as biodiesel source. Cruciferae Newslett., 2018, 37: 6-11.
3. Blume R.Ya., Lantukh G.V., Yemets A., Rakhmetova S.O., Rakhmetov D.B., Blume Ya.B. Сomparative analysis of productive potential and fatty acid composition of oil from seeds of spring and winter turnip rape as perspective source for production of diesel biofuel compounds. Factors Exp. Evol. Organisms, 2017, 21: 96-101 (in Ukr.).
4. Blume R., Rakhmetov D. Comparative analysis of oil fatty acid composition of Ukrainian spring Camelina sativa breeding forms and varieties as a perspective biodiesel source. Cruciferae Newslett., 2017, 36: 13-17.
5. Blume R., Rakhmetova S., Yemets A., Rakhmetov D., Blume Y. Fatty acid profiles of seed oil from new winter tyfon varieties obtained by reciprocate breeding. Cruciferae Newslett., 2017, 36: 24-29. 6. Yemets AI, Blume RY, Sorochinsky BV. Adaptation of the gymnosperms to the conditions of irradiation in the Chernobyl zone: from morphological abnormalities to the molecular genetic consequences. Cytol. Genetics, 2016, 50(6): 415-419.
7. Blume R.Ya., Boychuk Yu.M., Yemets A.I., Rakhmetova S.O., Blume Ya.B., Rakhmetov D.B. Comparative analysis of fatty acid composition for oils from seeds of tyfon, oil radish and camelina breeding forms and varieties as perspective source for biodiesel production. Factors Exp. Evol. Organisms, 2016, 18: 61–66 (in Ukr.).
8. Rakhmetov D., Andruchenko O., Rakhmetova S., Fichenko V., Blume R., Yemets A., Grakhov V., Blume Y. Raphanus var. oleifera sativus L. and Brassica campestris f. biennis DC. × B. rapa L. – valuable plants for biodiesel, In: Biological Resources and Modern Biotechnologies of Biofuel Production (ISBN 978-966-306-179-7), Kiev: Phytosociocentr, 2014, p. 73-82 (in Ukr.).

Abstracts
1. Garmanchuk L., Borovaya M., Nehelia A., Blume R., Inomistova M., Tolstanova G., Yemets A. Study of toxicity of biologically synthesized CdS quantum dots on human cells. Abstracts of 5th International Conference “Nanotechnologies”, Tbilisi, 2018, p. 50.
2. Blume R.Ya., Lantukh G.V., Yemets A., Rakhmetova S.O., Rakhmetov D.B., Blume Y.B. Fatty Acid Composition of Seed Oils from Different Inductrial Cruciferae Species for Assessment of Biodiesel Production Perspectives.The 4th International Symposium on EuroAsian Biodiversity, Kyiv, 2018, p. 364.
3. Blium R. Ya., Rabokon A.N., Lantukh G.V., Pirko Ya.V., Yemets A.I., Rakhmetov D.B., Blume Ya.B. Correlation between fatty acid composition of different genotypes of spring and winter turnip rape and their genetic distances. Abstracts of reports of International Symposium on Genomics, Minsk, 2017, p. 31-32.
4. Blume R.Y., Rabokon A.N., Demkovich A.Y., Pirko Y.V., Yemets A.I. Analysis of the exon-intron structure of beta-tubulin genes in different plant species, Mol. Biol. Cell, vol. 27. 8120 Woodmont ave, STE 750, Bethesda, MD 20814-2755 USA: Amer. Soc. Cell Biology, 2016.

Honour from National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine for Undergraduate Students “For The Best Scientific Work” 2018
• Winner of Syngenta High-oleic Club project competition, 2018
• EUCYS 2016 finalist (Brussels, Belgium)
• Intel ISEF 2015 finalist (Pittsburgh, USA)
• Awardeee from Kyiv Mayor for Achievements in Science, 2016
• Month-long Internship at University of Nebraska Lincoln, Center for Plant Science Innovation, as a part of CRDF project program, August – September 2018
• Month-long practice on Syngenta Ukraine R&D facility, as a part of project contest of high-oleic sunflower propagation in Ukraine, July 2018

Olha Brovarets

Leading Researcher, Department of Molecular and Quantum Biophysics, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Kyiv, Ukraine
PhD
2015
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
"Microstructural mechanisms of the origin of the spontaneous point mutations"

Research profile:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Olha_Brovarets
https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=35742984800
https://scholar.google.com.ua/citations?user=gBpBZj0AAAAJ&hl=en
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012707357543<
https://loop.frontiersin.org/people/526089/overview>

DrSci Ol’ha Brovarets’ is the main author of the 135 scientific publications – 2 chapters in the international books " Quantum Chemistry – Molecules for Innovations" and "Mitochondrial DNA – New Insights", 75 articles in the national and international journals with total impact-factor 140. Her h-index = 29, 1620 total citations (Scopus). She won (together with Prof. Hovorun) "Scopus Awards Ukraine 2016", "Leader of the Science in Ukraine. Web of Science Award 2016". Her research interests involve the comprehensive quantum-chemical investigations of the fundamental physico-chemical principles of the biologically important processes occurring during DNA replication, in particular, point mutations.

Olga Gubar

Biologist, Biotechnology laboratory ilaya.regeneration, Medical company ilaya Kyiv, Ukraine
PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology
2013
In co-tutorship between University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France, and Taras Shevchenko National University Of Kyiv, Educational and Scientific Centre “Institute of Biology,” Kyiv, Ukraine

“Role of Intersectin 1 in membrane trafficking: Identification of new molecular partners”

Publications:
https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=36915060500
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5224-7118
https://scholar.google.com.ua/citations?user=u_xc0VsAAAAJ&hl=uk

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS:

2013 – FEBS fellowship for the attending the 13th Young Scientists Forum and FEBS Congress “Mechanisms in Biology” in St. Petersburg, Russia.
2012 – Best poster presentation at the 4th international IMBG conference for young scientists “Molecular biology: advances and perspectives”, Kyiv, Ukraine.
2012 - 6 months grant from ARC Foundation of Cancer Research for the PhD students (number DOC20120605003)
2008 - Three-year grant from French Government for the thesis in co-tutorship.

Tetiana Ivanova

Junior Researcher, Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics, NAS of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
PhD in Biotechnology
2018
Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics, NAS of Ukraine
“Biotechnology of Medicinal Mushroom Cultivation on the Wastes of Cereals Processing”

Published articles

My work was dedicated to the research of biotechnological process of medicinal mushroom cultivation on liquid nutrient media with wastes of plant processing, biochemical composition of initial substrates and obtaining biomass with biologically active substances for creation of dietary substances and functional foods.
In 2018 I received: Kyiv City Mayor's Award for scientific achievements of young people in the development of the capital of Ukraine – Hero City Kyiv; NAS of Ukraine Scholarship for talented young scientists performing advanced research on the most important problems of natural sciences; Diploma of the Department of the General Biology, NAS of Ukraine for long-standing dedicated conscientious work, great professionalism, labor achievements, active participation in public life and on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Currently I am taking a part in the project of biogas production on the wastes of distilleries. Biogas technologies are consistent with the principles of sustainable development, since they return the organic substance to the agro-industrial cycle, turning it from the category of waste into the category of fertilizers, reduce the emissions of green-house gases and produce biogas that is an essential renewable energy source.

Andrii Karpiuk

CEO, BIOsens
PhD in Biotechnology
2016
National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine
Dissertation: Development of biosensors for research effectiveness of a number of physical factors on the resistance of plants to fungal infection

Participated in:
CRDF Global Technology Entrepreneurship Course under the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program 2017 (STEP);
EiT Food Entrepreneurship Winter School 2017;
Kickstart Acceleration Program, 2017, Kickstart Accelerator, Switzerland;
Researcher Connect Course Food Analysis: Sample Preparation, HPLC and GC, 2017, Phenomenex;
The Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) IT Startups, 2017, International Trade Administration;
Falling Walls Venture Kyiv, 2016, Falling Walls Foundation;
International workshop on applications of nanotechnology (IWANN-5) growth and synthesis of functional nanoscale materials, 2015, Turkey, UNIDO;
Participation in the Internship Program in the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, 2016.

Honors & Awards:
Top 100 Innovators in Eastern Europe according to the Financial Times 2017;
1-st place at Intercontinental startup battle in San-Francisco, 2017;
TOP 25 Startups by Startup Wise Guys, 2017;
Special Prize for free participation in a 4-day course "New Business Models for Business Creation" by Joao Perre Vianna (Portugal), 2016, Lviv Business School of UCU;
1-st place on 60th Startup Battle, 2016, Startup.Network;
Winner of Seedstars Odessa Startup Competition, 2016, Seedstars;
2nd place at Ukrainian Olympiade "Electrification and Automation 2011"

Andrii is a scientist with business skills passionate in devices for rapid detection of food safety.

Olga Kukharenko

Researcher, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
PhD
2011
National Institute of Grape and Wine "Magarach" (Microbiology department) of Yalta

Olena Kurylenko

Researcher, Institute of Cell Biology, NAS of Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine
PhD in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
2017
Institute of Cell Biology, National Academy of Science of Ukraine
“Metabolic engineering for improvement of high-temperature xylose alcoholic fermentation in the yeast Ogataea polymorpha”

Published articles

Specialist in the field of molecular microbiology, genetic and metabolic engineering, biotechnology and biochemistry of yeasts. The main topics of research activities: bioethanol production, regulation of glutathione homeostasis.

Scientific internships: University of Rzeszow, Poland (2011); Lund University, Sweden (2015); King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand (2015); University of Liège, Belgium (2015); University of Kaunas, Lithuania (2018).
Awards: Award for talented young scientists and specialists from Lviv Regional State Administration and Regional Council under the age of 35 (2010);
Award for young scientists in the field of fundamental and applied research from the Parliament of Ukraine (2015);
Award for young scientists from the President of Ukraine in 2016, №956;
Award for talented young scientists and specialists from Lviv Regional State Administration and Regional Council under the age of 35 (2018);

Tetiana Kyrpa-Nesmiian

Young Researcher, Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering of NAS of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
PhD in Biotechnology
2017
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
“Research of heterologous expression of genes of desaturase cyanobacteria in higher plants”

Oleh Lushchak

Associate Professor, Principal Investigator, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
PhD in Biochemistry and Biotechnology
2009
Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University
“The role of antioxidant enzymes in yeast protection against nitrosative stress”

Published articles: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=lushchak+o

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
2002 – INTAS fellow “Growth dynamics in molluscs in natural environment”, Institute of Marine Biology, Kotor, Montenegro.
2003 – DAAD research fellow “Regulation of NADH oscillations in yeast”, Department of Biophysics, Otto-von-Gurike University, Magdeburg, Germany.
2009 – JEB research fellow “Rhodiola rosea as learning enhancer in D. melanogaster”, Department of Neurobiology and Genetics, University of Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany.
2009 – Visiting scientist “Mechanisms of lifespan extension by dietary restriction in D. melanogaster”, Buck Institute for Age Research, Novato, CA, USA.
2010 – Visiting scientist “Modulation of fly learning by natural chemicals”, Department of Neurobiology and Genetics, University of Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany.
2011-13 – Postdoc position supported by Carl Trygger Foundation “Food odors trigger an endocrine response that affects appetite, metabolism and lifespan”, Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
2012 – Visiting scientist “Mechanisms of lifespan and metabolism regulation by mitochondria”, Institute of Biomedical Technology, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.
2013-2014 - Visiting scientist “Nutrition and tissue homeostasis in fruit fly gut”, DKFZ-ZMBH Alliance, Heidelberg, Germany.
2015-2016 – Guest scientist “Epigenetic regulation of metabolism” Max-Planck-Institute of Immunology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany.

Awards AND GRANTS
2018 – 40 under 40 in biotechnology award from US-Ukraine Foundation
2018-2019 – Stipend of President for the young scientists
2017-2018 – STCU-MESU research grant
2017-2020 – Research grant for young scientists from MESU
2016 – Initiation of collaboration grant from DFG.
2015 – Albert Renold Fellowship from EFSD.
2014-16 – Stipend from Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
2013 – Platon Kostyuk Award from Ukrainian Society for Neuroscience (Kyiv, Ukraine).
2013 – Best Young Scientist of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University.
2008 – Travel Fellowship grant from Journal of Experimental Biology.
2008 – Participation in 12th Yeast Congress, Kyiv, Ukraine. Was selected to oral presentation of the results. Participation fee was covered by FEMS.
2007 – Organiser and participant in international Workshop: Molecular physiology of membrane transport and cellular signaling, Yaremche, Ukraine.
2007-8 – Project leader, Molecular mechanisms of yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae response to carbonate ions. State Fund of Fundamental Investigations of Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science.
2007 – First place for the best oral presentation in young scientists' conference "Youth and progress in biology" (Lviv, Ukraine).
2006 – Participation in International Free Radical Summer School 2006: Biomarkers of oxidative stress and responses, Spetses Island, Greece. Participation fee and travel grants were provided by FEBS.
2006 – Award for the best poster in "IX Congress of Ukrainian Biochemical Society".
2005 – Second place for the best oral presentation in young scientists' conference "Youth and progress in biology" (Lviv, Ukraine).
2003 – DAAD grant for student exchange, training in Biophysics, Otto-von-Gurike University, Magdeburg, Germany.
2002 – INTAS funded program for student exchange, training in Marine Biology, Institute of Marine Biology, Kotor, Montenegro.

Editorial boards
Biochemistry and Physiology
Frontiers in Genetics – Genetics of Aging

REVIEWER
Aging Cell, Journal of Gerontology, Experimental Gerontology, Journal of Comparative Physiology, PLoS One, Chemico-biological Interactions, Redox Reports, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Cancer Research, Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, Biogerontology

Tamara Lutsenko

Researcher, State Institute of Genetic and Regenerative Medicine, Kyiv, Ukraine. Assistant Lecturer, Bogomolets National Medical University Kyiv, Ukraine
PhD in Cell Regulatory Mechanisms
in progress
Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Published articles:https://scholar.google.com.mx/citations?user=WVyGAGYAAAAJ&hl=en

My team focuses on stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Thus, the potential clinical applications play a crucial role in our approaches. Adipose-derived stem cells are the main object of our interest due to their multipotent properties suitable for tissue engineering and regenerative medical applications.

2008-2014 years I worked as a junior researcher in the Gene Technologies Department Gene Cellular Modification Laboratory, State Institute of Genetic and Regenerative Medicine, Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv. Focused on allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. The role and basic knowledge of foreign cells and DNA and their detection in the host organism after transplantation and during and after pregnancy is the subject of the research.

Since 2015 am a researcher in the Cell and Tissue Technologies Department, Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Cultures. At the beginning, the project connected with modeling of surgically induced endometriosis in mice by auto-transplantation of uterine tissue. The main interest focused on the role of allogeneic PBMC and Lactobacillus in endometriosis. Our current project is based on safety and functional efficacy of adipose-derived stem cell using ovariectomized murine model. This research will suggest the preclinical model of human menopause using ovariectomized animals to determine adipose-derived stem cells in clinical application (aesthetic surgery, regenerative medicine etc.).

Maksym Pogorielov

Professor, Public Health Department, Sumy State University Sumy, Ukraine
Research profile:
https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=56105003400

Viktoriya Pyeshkova

Senior Researcher, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
PhD in Biotechnology
2010
National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev and Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (IMBIG NASU)
“Development of conductometric enzyme biosensors for determination of main natural saccharides”

Published articles: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=34870598200

Viktoriya had an international collaborative research work connected with development of biosensors based on calixarenes in University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL1), France and in Nanobiotechnology Research Center of Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey under FP7 IRSES Projects: NANOSENS and NANODEV from 2009 until 2015. Viktoriya also worked under development of biosensor for aflatoxin detection in UCBL1, France in January 2018 (Short Research Fellowship of French Embassy) and in HZDR in Dresden in September 2017.

Viktoriya won several Awards for young scientists: Scholarship (2011 – 2013) and Award (2011) of the President of Ukraine, Scholarship (2014 – 2016) of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) and Award (2011) of NASU for the series of scientific articles and Award of IMBG NASU (2008) for the best result of inventive activity.

Viktoriya won several Travel Grants for participation in following scientific events: Scientific Meetings "The Bridges in Life Sciences" in Debrecen, Hungary (2009), Bratislava, Slovak Republic (2011), Budapest, Hungary (2012); FEBS-ESF Workshop "Biological Surfaces and Interfaces" in Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain (2013); “German-Ukrainian forum of young researchers" in Lviv, Ukraine (2017);

"Life Science Entrepreneurship Summer School" in Berlin, Germany (2017); "HORIZON 2020 Brokerage Event on Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials" in Munich, Germany (2017). She was selected by Startup Hub Poland team to pitch her project idea “AflatoxinBioSensor” in Kyiv Tech Hub Conference in December 8, 2017.
Viktoriya is co-author of 32 scientific articles, 3 patents and over 40 communications (oral/poster) in international conferences. She has more than 10 years’ experience in development of biosensors for medical, ecological and food control purposes. In cooperation with colleagues she successfully developed new effective electrochemical biosensors for determination of carbohydrates (sucrose, lactose, maltose and glucose), ammonium, urea, arginine and toxic compounds (heavy metal, alkaloids, pesticides). Her current research is connected with development of hybrid electrochemical-optical biosensor, Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) biosensor for immunoglobulin detection and electrochemical biosensor for mycotoxins detection.

Serhii Pykalo

Senior Researcher, The V.M. Remeslo Myronivka Institute of Wheat, NAAS of Ukraine, Myronivka, Kyiv region
PhD in Genetics
2017
Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics NAS of Ukraine
“In vitro selection of winter triticale for tolerance to abiotic stressors”

Published articles
https://scholar.google.com.ua/citations?user=pL_SUtoAAAAJ&hl=uk
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3158-3830
http://irbis-nbuv.gov.ua/ASUA/0687949

I work as a Senior Researcher at the Department of Biotechnology, Genetics and Physiology. I am a co-author of the winter triticale variety “Myrolan” and co-author of the patent on the utility model № 125692 “Method of in vitro selection of salt-tolerant genotypes of winter triticale.” My work is devoted to the development of in vitro technique of obtaining cereal crop plants with increased tolerance to abiotic stressors as well as studying stress-induced genome variation during selection of resistant forms. The priority areas of my research are the using of cellular and molecular biotechnologies to accelerate the breeding of grain crops and to study the molecular genetic mechanisms of their resistance to abiotic stresses.

Marta Semkiv

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Cell Biology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Department of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, Lviv, Ukraine
PhD in Microbiology
2017
Institute of Cell Biology, NAS of Ukraine
“Metabolic engineering of yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae for construction of the efficient fuel ethanol and glycerol producers”

Published articles: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2780-7096

I have been working on genetic and metabolic engineering of yeasts for the last 10 years. The main topics of my research activities are bioethanol and glycerol production by yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae; conversion of xylose and crude glycerol into ethanol by yeasts Scheffersomyces stipitis, Ogataea polymorpha and Komagataella phaffii etc. The results of my work were presented at many international conferences as well as in 8 research articles, 2 Ukrainian patents and international patent applications. During three months I carried out research work in the Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology of Rzeszow University (Poland) in frame of a FEMS research fellowship. Also I worked for three months in the ‎Department of Microbiology at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in frame of VISBY project and for two months in King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand. I received award for talented young scientists and specialists from Lviv Regional State Administration and Regional Council in 2012 and award for young scientists from President of Ukraine in 2016.

Volodymyr Shablii

Deputy director of cryobank, Institute of Cell Therapy, Kyiv, Ukraine
PhD in Biology
2014
Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics of NAS of Ukraine
“Characteristics of multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells derived from the native and the cryopreserved human placental tissues”

Oksana Shcherbak

Head of Laboratory, Biotechnology of Reproduction, Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics nd. a. M.V.Zubets of National Academy of Agrarian Science of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

Yana Sindarovska

Research Fellow, Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering, Kyiv, Ukraine
PhD in Biotechnology
2010
Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering of National Academy of Science of Ukraine

Oleksandr Soldatkin

Senior Researcher, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics NAS of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
PhD in Biotechnology
2009
Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, NAS of Ukraine
“Development of bioselective elements of mono- and multibiosensors for ecological monitoring”

Published articles: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=14040843900

O. Soldatkin is the author of 255 publications in international and leading domestic scientific editions, of them - 30 patents and 100 articles. Total IF = 130. An h-index (Hirsсh index) = 16.
2005 Award for the best publication in the field of biotechnology (IMBG of NASU)
2006 Award for the best result of inventive activity (IMBG of NASU)
2008 Award for the best publication in the field of biotechnology (IMBG of NASU)
2009 NASU charter for the series of scientific papers
2009 Prize of the President of Ukraine for young scientists
2010-2012 Scholarship of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
2012-2014 Scholarship of the President of Ukraine
2014 Award "Inventor of the year"
2016 Award Mayor of Kyiv «Scientific achievements»
2018 Award for the best publication in the field of biotechnology (IMBG of NASU)
2018-now Scholarship of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
Took part in the implementation of international projects:
University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1, FRANCE (Dr. R. Cespuglio)
work in the frame of NATO Collaborative Linkage Grant # LST.CLG 980008
work in the frame of ECO-NET # 12675SG
work in the frame of NATO Collaborative Linkage Grant # LST.CLG 982788
Ecole Centrale de Lyon, FRANCE (Dr. N. Jaffrezic-Renault)
work in the frame of EC Project PIRSES-GA-2008-230802 “NANOBIOSENS”
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, TYRKEY (Dr. B. Akata)
work in the frame of EC Project PIRSES-GA-2008-230802 “NANOBIOSENS”
work in the frame of EC Project PIRSES-GA-2011-318524 “NANODEVICE”

Nataliya Stasyuk

Junior Research Scientist, Institute of Cell Biology NAS of Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine
PhD in Physical Chemistry
2013
Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
“Sensor systems based on arginase I conjugated with micro- and nanoсаrriers”

Published articles: https://scholar.google.com.ua/citations?user=YfLaeW0AAAAJ&hl=uk
Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nataliya_Stasyuk


Awards and Memberships:
Winner of the individual research grant FEMS (UA-SMU2013-1Stasyuk), “OPTEC” (Stasyuk-2014), Grant of President of Ukraine for young scientists (2015); Annual Award of President of Ukraine for young scientists for a series of the works “Novel bioanalytical systems for medicine” (2015); Annual Award of the Supreme Council of Ukraine for young scientists for a series of the works “Novel enzymatic approaches for clinical diagnostics, control of foods and environmental objects”(2017).

Member of Society of Microbiologists of Ukraine (since 2011).

Participant of projects: NATO scientific project in the frame of the Program "Science for Peace and Security" SPS (NUKR) SFPP 984173 (since 2013); program of the NAS of Ukraine “Sensors for Medical, Environmental, Industrial and Technological Needs: Metrological Support and Trial Operation” (no. 13/2014) and Ukrainian-Byelorussian Project F 54/236-2013.

Scientific interests:
Biotechnology, Biosensors, Nanotechnology.

Olena Tigunova

Researcher, Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics, NAS of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
PhD in Biotechnology
2016
Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics, NAS of Ukraine
"Preparation of Clostridium strains-producer with elevated level of butanol"

Published articles:
http://biotechnology.kiev.ua/images/storage/no1_2013/tigunova_1_2013.pdf
http://biotechnology.kiev.ua/images/storage/5_2017/igunova_5_2017.pdf
http://biotechnology.kiev.ua/images/1_2017/tigunova_1_2017.pdf
http://biotechnology.kiev.ua/images/5_2016/tigunova_5_2016.pdf
http://biotechnology.kiev.ua/images/stories/no4_2015/tigunova_4_2015.pdf
http://biotechnology.kiev.ua/images/storage/2_2018/boiko_2_2018.pdf
http://biotechnology.kiev.ua/images/1_2018/kalandyrets_1_2018.pdf

My scientific research is associated with alternative energy sources, in particular biofuels – bioobutanol. I took an active part as a performer of the research work of the Institute, among which ‘Development of scientific principles of biotechnology of essential amino acids. Creation of genetically modified (GM) strain of lysine producer’, ‘"Creation of effective strains of butanol producing, capable of fermenting bio-raw materials with high output of the target product.’ I take an active part as the main performer in the work on "Improving the technology of bioobutanol using alternative substrates and domestic strains of producers", "Investigating the processes of bioconversion of lignocellulosic raw materials into monosaccharide by microbial transformation". In the course of research, I conducted the isolation, screening and selection of new strains producing butanol of the genus Clostridium, identified their biological characteristics, carried out the identification and phylogenetic analysis of the strain. I own modern methods of physico-chemical, microbiological, biochemical and instrumental research. I participated in a number of international and national conferences, in particular, the 15th International European Biotechnology Congress "New Biotechnology" (Istanbul, Turkey, 2012), the International Congress "Biotechnology: the state and prospects of development" (m. Moscow, Russia, 2013), the international scientific conference "Biological Resources and New Biotechnologies for Biofuels Production" (Kyiv, Ukraine, 2014). I have published 48 scientific papers, including 24 articles in professional scientific journals. In 2015 I won an annual Award competition for the Parliament of Ukraine most talented young scientists in basic and applied research and scientific and technological development.

Volodymyr Yerokhin

Chief Technologist, PrJSC “Enzym Company”, Lviv, Ukraine
PhD in Biotechnology
2015
Lviv Department of Institute of Physical-Organic Chemistry and Coal Chemistry National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
“Biotechnology of surface-active ramnolipids of the strain Pseudomonas sp. PS-17 in fermenter”

Published articles: http://article.sapub.org/10.5923.j.microbiology.20140401.01.html

I am the author of the invention of using a fermenter with a vortex aeration system for the biosynthesis of microbial fermentation products, which allowed to solve the problem of fermentation of producers with active foam formation.

Since 2006 I have been working in PrJSC “Enzym Company”, a leading biotechnology company in Ukraine, which is engaged in the production of yeast and products based on them. Since 2013 I hold the position of Chief Technologist. As a member of R&D group, I lead the technological direction of the company's development with the launch of new biotechnological products for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Currently I am working on development and implementation of technology for the production of natural, environmentally friendly food additives and seasoning based on yeast extracts to replace sodium glutamate. This production will be the first in Ukraine to produce of such products.

In 2016-2018 I took part in the cooperation of Enzym Company with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) within the Enterprise Growth Programme. The main objectives of this project are designing, developing and introducing new biotechnological products, energy efficiency and environmental safety.

Since 2016 I am a technology consultant biotechnological company “Biotensidon GmbH” (Germany), which is engaged in the development and production of new environmentally friendly means of environmental protection. In 2018 I am one of the co-initiators of the Lviv biotechnology cluster “Biotech&Pharma” the main task of which is to unite the efforts of business, education, and municipal authorities in the field of biotechnology development.

Mykhailo Zhybak

Researcher, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
PhD in Biotechnology
2019
Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
“Development of amperometric nanocomposite bio/chemosensors for the detection of low molecular weight metabolites in biological liquids”

Published articles:https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6042-5890

Mykhailo Zhybak has over 10 years of experience in various areas of R&D activity, such as Analytical Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biosensors, Material Science, Molecular Biotechnology and Genetics. His scientific papers are published in highly impacted journals, including Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Microchimica Acta, Electroanalysis. Mykhailo Zhybak is a regular reviewer in the Microchimica Acta journal.
He was awarded a grant for the young scientists by National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2013-2014); and also was a collaborator in numerous national and international (NATO Science for Peace Program (CBP.NUKR.SFPP 984173, “TOXIC IONS DETECTION”) and FP7 Program (PIRSES-GA-2012-318053, Acronym “SMARTCANCERSENS”)) interdisciplinary projects.
Mykhailo Zhybak currently is a scientific researcher of the Laboratory of Biomolecular Electronics at IMBG (Kyiv, Ukraine). Mykhailo Zhybak occupied positions of an Invited Researcher at Institute of Analytical Sciences UCBL (Lyon, France) (June-July 2013, June-August 2016) and at the Biosensors & Bioelectronics Centre, IFM, LiU (Linkoping, Sweden) (September-December 2014, September 2014 - April 2015).