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  • ITMO Scientists Propose a New Model for Study of Bone Development

    The proposed model allows researchers to understand how certain substances can influence the formation and development of bone cells. This knowledge is useful both in fundamental biological research and in the creation of new ways to prevent osteoporosis and other diseases. Moreover, the model can be used to design smart wound-healing materials.  


  • Picture of the Week: Fluorescence Microscopy Image of Neuroblastoma

    Neuroblastoma cells are used in the first stages of testing biocompatibility of nervous system drugs.


  • Path to Immortality: Old and New Ways to Fight Aging

    Why haven't scientists invented an anti-aging pill yet? Is it even possible to affect our life expectancy? These and other questions were covered in a lecture by Alexander Tyshkovskiy, PhD, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Lomonosov Moscow State University. ITMO.NEWS provides the rundown.


  • Harvard Medical School Professor Peter Kharchenko: Using Statistics To Understand How Cells Work

    Peter Kharchenko is one of the world’s leading specialists in transcriptome research. He received a PhD in Biophysics at Harvard University, studying gene regulation and metabolic networks under the advisement of George Church, a renowned geneticist and a molecular engineer, Director of and a science communicator. These days, Peter is head of his own lab at Harvard Medical School. In December, Peter visited ITMO University with an open lecture. We got to talk to him about the statistics needed to understand how cells work and why this research can help in disease diagnosis. 


  • What Cells Do When They Can’t Breathe

    Can cells measure the amount of oxygen around them? And why do they need it? How do they react to the changing conditions? This evasive mechanism of an animal cell had been in the dark for a very long time. It was the work of William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza that finally shed light on this mechanism, earning them the 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology. Ekaterina Umnyakova, a senior researcher at the Institute of Experimental Medicine, explained what this discovery means for modern science, and especially for cancer treatment research. Her lecture took place at the Lermontov Central Library within the framework of the “Nobel Prize in the Open Living Room 2019” project. 


  • ITMO Scientists Help Link Alzheimer’s to Lack of Energy in Immune Cells

    An international scientific team that includes scientists from ITMO University has discovered why a mutation or lack of TREM2 protein in the nervous system of immune cells increases the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. It turns out that in these cases, immune cells cease to receive nourishment and begin to “digest” themselves. The research was published in Cell journal.