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  • Evolutionary Biologist: The Brain Attracts a Lot of Attention, but We Still Don’t Know Much About It

    Philipp Khaitovich, an evolutionary biologist and professor at the Skoltech Center for Neurobiology and Brain Restoration, has held an online lecture about the most complex and mysterious human organ – the brain. ITMO.NEWS wrote down the main talking points.


  • 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.  


  • 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. ITMO.NEWS met the organizers and students to find out what they’d found the most memorable.


  • 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.NEWS met the scientist to find out more about his research.


  • Genome Goes Digital: IT in Genetics and Medicine

    Vladimir Uliantsev, head of ITMO University’s International Laboratory “Computer Technologies,” has presented the lecture "Bioinformatics: How genomic data helps study the origin of people and the mechanisms of disease development" at the New Holland Island Open Lecture Hall. Those who came to the event learned how today’s scientists acquire genome data, the role of programmers in that process, and what makes the results of that research so valuable. Find the highlights of last week’s lecture in the article below.


  • At the Intersection of Sciences: Bioinformatics Specialist Nikita Alexeev on Challenges of DNA Research

    Nikita Alekseev is a senior researcher at ITMO University’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty and a member of the ITMO Fellowship program. He has recently come back to St. Petersburg after spending several years on bioinformatics research in the United States. In this interview, he shared with us his views on bioinformatics and talked about his career.


  • SCAMT Achievement Award Winners on Genetic Engineering and Doing Research as a Master’s Student

    The SCAMT Achievement Award is given to ITMO University students who contribute to the development of the SCAMT Laboratory. This year’s winners, Aziza Sharsheeva and Darya Nedorezova, enrolled as Master’s students at SCAMT a year and a half ago; today, they don’t only work on their own research, but also learn all about the scientific procedure, from grant applications and buying equipment and materials, to all the stages of certifying a new product. Aziza and Darya spoke with ITMO.NEWS about working in the fields of biotechnologies and genetic engineering.


  • Genetic Testing: What Human Genome Tells Us About Ourselves

    It has been 15 years since the conclusion of the Human Genome Project, one of the 20th century’s major research projects. One of its consequences was the public availability of genomics methods. Today, anyone can take a genetic test to learn about their ancestry. We spoke to bioinformatics experts from ITMO University’s Computer Technologies Laboratory to learn how genetic testing works, its scientific significance, which methods are trustworthy, and which ones aren’t.


  • Technopark Resident Develops Technology for Accelerated Regeneration, Extended Wakefulness and Delayed Aging

    The company “ATG Service Gene”, a resident of ITMO University’s Technopark, has developed a technology that, in future, could be used to create drugs that could boost regeneration, prolong wakefulness, slow aging, relieve pain and treat cancerous tumors. This technology also has the potential to treat other illnesses, including infectious ones. It is based on gene-encoding proteins responsible for the organism’s therapeutic processes. It has the potential to stimulate the organism to produce an increased amount of material needed to cure an illness. Such gene encoding can even alter the structure of diseased cells thus causing them to self-destruct. The company is currently working on gene therapy drugs for this purpose. 


  • Affairs of the Heart: How to Fight Cardio Diseases by Medicine and IT

    Today, as the world celebrates the World Heart Day, we would like to talk about a unique collaboration between the medical experts from Federal Almazov North-West Medical Research Center and programmers from ITMO University — they use interdisciplinary approaches to research heart disease causes by analyzing large quantities of genetic data.