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  • 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.


  • Konstantin Zaytsev, One of Top-5 Young Russian Scientists in Systems Biology, on Systems Biology in Russia

    A member of ITMO’s Computer Technologies International Laboratory, Konstantin Zaytsev has recently become the winner of Skoltech Fellowship Program 2019 and entered the top-5 of young Russian scientists in systems biology. The award ceremony took place yesterday in Moscow. In the recent years, the researcher has been focusing on the development of methods for analyzing data on gene activity that allows to identify transcription markers of cell types in mixed samples. In an interview with ITMO.NEWS, Konstantin spoke about his work and his research published in Nature Communications, as well as becoming a successful systems biologist and why it’s possible to achieve that in today’s Russia.


  • Master’s Student Mrinal Vashisth: Embracing Interdisciplinarity is Like Discovering Your Superpowers

    Mrinal Vashisth came from Rajasthan, India, to study in ITMO’s Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Master’s program. Before that, Mrinal worked at one of India’s best independent research institutions, and in the future, he plans to focus on neuroscience and research the mechanisms of memory and language. ITMO.NEWS talked to him about the benefits of interdisciplinarity and the power of data.


  • 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.


  • Master of Sports Anastasia Murzina: “Orienteering Helps Better Understand Multidimensional Space”

    It is quite common that a favorite hobby or sports activity helps one solve research tasks. Einstein, for instance, often played music while contemplating his ideas. ITMO Master’s student Anastasia Murzina focuses on chemoinformatics and works for the Computer Technologies international laboratory. In her free time, she’s already travelled all over Russia and became a Master of Sports in orienteering. We spoke to Anastasia about how orienteering helps her solve research tasks, what kinds of knowledge are most relevant for a programmer, and why sport and science have a lot more in common than one would think.


  • Phylogenetic Trees and Targeted Cancer Research: Bioinformatics Summer School

    Cancer is one of the most common diseases of our time, and trailblazing bioinformatics research is looking for answers. This rapidly developing scientific field has already come up with effective methods that not only allow to quickly track down genome changes conducive to cancer development, but also pinpoint the factors that catalyze or inhibit this process. These questions were at the center of this year’s Bioinformatics summer school held at the end of July in the green purlieus of St. Petersburg. Participants of this largest national Bioinformatics event conducted high-profile research breaking down medical data of breast cancer patients, analyzing the differential expression of long non-coding RNA in kidney renal cell carcinoma, and building phylogenetic trees that contribute to better understanding of the disease. ITMO.NEWS met the young scientists to talk about their summer school projects and the latest of cancer-focused bioinformatics research. 


  • Associate Professor Vladimir Ulyantsev on Computer Science in Russia

    How can advanced knowledge of Computer Science be of use to common programmers? What are its applications, and how does one start a career in this field? Vladimir Ulyantsev, head of ITMO's Computer Technologies International Laboratory, expanded on these topics in an interview for the Campus popular science festival “Night of Science”. ITMO.NEWS recorded the main ideas


  • BioHack-2018: 48 Hours to Make a Difference

    The 48-hour hackathon BioHack-2018 has taken place in St. Petersburg. Teams of biologists and programmers from all around Russia worked on bioinformatics cases. The event brought together both university students and young scientists. Software and IT developer EPAM and the Institute of Bioinformatics sponsored the project.


  • ITMO Scientists Develop Gene Analysis Software to Combat Superbug Viruses

    Researchers from ITMO University and the Center of Physical and Chemical Medicine have developed an algorithm capable of tracking the spread of antibiotic resistance genes in gut microbiota DNA and revealed additional evidence of resistance gene transfer between different bacterial species. The method can not only contribute to the development of effective therapy schemes, but also curb the spread of superbugs. The results of the research were published in Bioinformatics journal.


  • "Genome Tetris" and Analyzing Fly Behavior: BioHack — the First Hackathon on Bioinformatics

    Last weekend, ITMO hosted St. Petersburg's first hackathon on bioinformatics — BioHack. For 48 hours, 24 teams analyzed thousands of science articles, modeled evolutionary processes, developed bioinformatics games and software which analyzes movement of flies, sequenced cheetah's genome and solved other similar tasks. Read about the event in detail in our article.


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