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  • Theoretical Physics: Formulas, Equations, and Scientific Papers

    People often have stereotypical and pop culture-influenced views of scientists, especially when it comes to those engaged in theoretical modeling and mathematical calculations. At the recent Physics Day event, Igor Burmistrov, DSc, a professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the deputy head of the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, spoke about what theoretical physicists do, what their typical day looks like, and how they measure their successes. Here are the highlights from the event – plus an overview of ITMO’s own research in the field.


  • ITMO Researchers Present Automated Mobile Laboratory For Artificial Heart Development

    A mini laboratory for managing cell and bacterial systems was created as a result of collaboration between scientists from ITMO University, Siberian Federal University, the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, and the research and manufacturing association Prolab. The project, recently presented at the Almazov National Medical Research Centre, will be used to grow cell cultures and create experiment-based databases; another avenue opened by the device is the development of an artificial heart. Learn more about the project and the possibilities it presents in this article.


  • ITMO Students Launch Stratospheric Satellite to Find Cure For Osteoporosis

    As part of the nationwide educational program Aerospace Engineering School, a team of ITMO students has sent a satellite into the stratosphere to find out how bone tissue is formed in low gravity and what effect silk proteins may have on the process. Potentially, the study may help prevent osteoporosis in astronauts.


  • Ten Questions On Physical Experiments

    Every day, scientists around the world conduct thousands of experiments. The best ones get featured in prestigious international journals. How do you achieve this? How to conduct an experiment and what do you do if it fails? Prof. Sergey Makarov, head researcher at ITMO’s Faculty of Physics and Engineering and head of the Laboratory of Hybrid Nanophotonics and Optoelectronics, answered these and other questions for ITMO.NEWS.


  • What ITMO’s Latest Lab Equipment Expansion Means for Student Research

    ITMO University has recently acquired a major batch of new lab equipment: from simple lab kits to professional machinery. Read on to learn what opportunities this offers for ITMO students.


  • ITMO Researchers Teach Robots to Run Chemical Experiments

    ITMO University experts are creating technological assistants for chemical laboratories that will be able to take over all routine work with no human involvement needed. Right now, the first prototypes are already performing the simplest manipulations. In the future, robotic chemists will be able to run their own research for accumulating large amounts of data and performing primary analysis.   


  • Beginner’s Guide to Brainstorming and Writing Articles for Scientific Journals

    How many experiments should you carry out for an article? What do you do if you can't get into Nano Letters on the first try? And, above all, how do you deal with frustration and burnout? Find all the answers to these troubling questions in this ITMO.NEWS article.


  • Russian Participants of European XFEL Observe and Document Never-Before-Seen Effect

    A team of ITMO University specialists and their German colleagues have successfully used the world’s largest free-electron X-ray laser to conduct an experiment on ultrafast demagnetization of ferromagnetic material using femtosecond IR excitation. While studying the dynamics of this process, the scientists had discovered a new type of X-ray scattering in ferromagnetic material, which occurs immediately after the laser pulse and lasts for some 100 picoseconds. Their findings were recently presented at the European XFEL Users’ Meeting in Hamburg, which brought together over 1,300 participants from 30 countries. ITMO.NEWS got in touch with Igor Pronin, the head of this project, who presented a plenary report on the study during the event.


  • 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. 


  • Russian Physicist Alexey Melnikov Awarded the Prestigious Cozzarelli Prize

    The annual Cozzarelli Prize acknowledges papers that reflect scientific excellence and originality. Among the 2018 Cozzarelli Prize recipients in the field of physics and mathematics is Russian physicist Alexey Melnikov. His research focuses on quantum machine learning technologies, as well as the development of new machine intelligence methods. The researcher works on a range of projects at the University of Basel (Switzerland), ITMO University, and the Valiev Institute of Physics and Technology of Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.