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  • ITMO Researchers Design a Dataset to Study the Functions of Immune Cells

    As a central component of the human immune system, mononuclear phagocytes defend the body by absorbing bacteria, viruses, and dead or damaged cells, thus fighting off infections and helping build immunity. Researchers from ITMO University, together with their colleagues from the Immunological Genome Project (ImmGen), have devised a specialized resource to study mononuclear phagocytes and a novel method for gene expression analysis. Featured in Cell Reports, the results of their work may potentially break the ground for new ways to treat metabolic diseases, such as atherosclerosis and cancer.


  • Immunologist Marina Dukhinova on Herd Immunity and COVID-19

    The pandemic and introduced protective measures against COVID-19 have created a great storm for dispute, disinformation, and conspiracy theories. In this article, Marina Dukhinova, an immunologist and a senior researcher at ITMO’s ChemBio Cluster, answers the most frequently asked questions about immunity, antibodies, and revaccination.


  • 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. 


  • 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. ITMO.NEWS caught up with the researcher to find out what drew her back to Russia, what she loves about working at ITMO, and which country she sees herself living in in the future.


  • Falcon Heavy Launch, Cancer Treatment, and Neutrinos: Top Science News of 2018

    On January 29, the St. Petersburg’s Atomic Energy Information Center hosted 2019’s first discussion about the latest trends in science and technology. The event brought together leading science communicators from different fields, including Ivan Drokin, a specialist in machine learning, Andrey Seriakov, a physicist and Science Slam winner, Alexander Khokhlov, a space instrumentation engineer, and Ekaterina Khomiakova biochemist. ITMO.NEWS published the highlights of the discussion.


  • Scientists “Hack” Regulatory Mechanism of Immune Cell Activity

    An international research team has described new molecular mechanisms regulating the activity of macrophages, which are crucial elements of the immune response, in a breakthrough project. Macrophage activation is regulated by the level of itaconate, which has various effects on the production of substances causing inflammation. Regulatory pathways of itaconate and its derivatives are associated with the pathogenesis of some autoimmune diseases. Experiments on mice and isolated human cells have shown that these substances can significantly alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis. The results of this study are published in Nature.


  • International Research Team Makes Progress in HRS Virus Study

    An international research team that includes scientists from ITMO University has come closer to understanding the structure of the human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV) which affects thousands every year. The reserachers have partially mapped out the three-dimensional structure of the NS1 protein contained in HRSV and identified the structural parts responsible for the suppression of the human immune system. The results of the study have been published in the Nature Microbiology journal.