PhD's Program “Biophysics” | Siberian Federal University

PhD's Program “Biophysics”

Doctoral students do research at the Bioluminescent Biotechnology Laboratory under the supervision of Professor Valentina Kratasyuk. Their research focuses on studying the chemical nature of light emission by luminous bacteria and other luminous species, modeling the enzyme metabolism in cell hyaloplasm, developing new generations of bioluminescent biosensors for environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics and other issues of bioluminescence research.

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Prof. Valentina A. Kratasyuk

Valentina KRATASYUKHead, Department of Biophysics, Institute of Fundamental Biology and Biotechnology Siberian Federal University

Phone: +7 391 206-20-72, 206-23-07
E-mail: VKratasyuk [at] sfu-mail [dot] ru

Research interests: mechanisms of bioluminescence, bioluminescent enzymatic biosensors, enzymatic toxicity bioassays, bioluminescent analysis, biotechnological design, biochemistry, science education, history of sciences, immobilization of enzymes.

Key publications

  • Lonshakova-Mukina, V., Esimbekova, E., Kratasyuk, V. Impact of enzyme stabilizers on the characteristics of biomodules for bioluminescent biosensors. Sensors & Actuators: B. Chemical, 2015, 213, pp. 244-247.
  • Esimbekova, E., Kratasyuk, V., and Shimomura, O. Application of enzyme bioluminescence in ecology. Advances in Biochemical Engineering-Biotechnology, 2014, 144, pp. 67-109.
  • Bezrukikh, A., Esimbekova, E., Nemtseva, E., Kratasyuk, V., Shimomura O. Gelatin and starch as stabilizers for the coupled enzyme system of luminous bacteria NADH:FMN-oxidoreductase-luciferase. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 2014, 406 (23), pp. 5743-5747.
  • Esimbekova, E., Kondik, A., Kratasyuk, V. Bioluminescent enzymatic rapid assay of water integral toxicity. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2013, 185 (7), pp. 5909-5916.
  • Kratasyuk, V., Esimbekova, E., Correll, M., Bucklin, R. Bioluminescent enzyme assay for the indication of plant stress in enclosed life support systems. Luminescence, 2011, 26 (6), pp. 543-546.
  • Esimbekova, E.N., Torgashina, I.G, and Kratasyuk, V.A. Comparative Study of Immobilized and Soluble NADH:FMN-Oxidoreductase–Luciferase Coupled Enzyme System. Biochemistry (Moscоw), 2010,74 (6), pp.695-700.
  • Esimbekova, E.N., Kratasyuk, V.A., Torgashina, I.G. Disk-shaped immobilized multicomponent reagent for bioluminescent analyses: correlation between activity and composition. Enzyme and microbial technology. 2007, 40 (2), pp. 343-346.
  • Vetrova, E.V., Kudryasheva, N.S., Kratasyuk, V. A. Redox compounds influence on the NAD(P)H:FMN-oxidoreductase – luciferase bioluminescent system . Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2007, 6, pp. 35-40.
  • Vetrova, E., Esimbekova, E., Remmel, N., Kotova, S., Beloskov, N., Kratasyuk, V., Gitelson, I. A bioluminescent signal system: detection of chemical toxicants in water. Luminescence, 2007, 22 (3), pp. 206-214.
Duration: 4 years
(this period can be shorter depending on the availability of a PhD thesis)
Language: English
Entry requirements: Master’s degree in Biophysics, Biology, Biological Engineering, Physics, Ecology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, an adequate level of English proficiency (certificate or other document)
Tuition fee: € 2,600. The cost does not include accommodation and living expenses.
Accommodation: On-campus accommodation is available: single ensuite room 45 € per month, twin ensuite room 30 € per month.
Practicalities: Airport transfer, invitation letter for a Russian study visa and an optional survival course of Russian as a foreign language are provided by the University.

One of the research projects is carried out at the Bioluminescence Biotechnology Laboratory (in Russian) created in 2012 and supervised by Professor Osamu Shimomura (USA, Nobel Prize in Chemistry) and Professor Valentina Kratasyuk. The laboratory staff includes SibFU’s professors Joseph Gitelson, Lyudmila Frank, Eugene Vysotskii, Vladimir Bondar, Valentin Petushkov, Sergey Bartsev, Petr Belobrov, Elena Nemtseva, Elena Esimbekova, Irina Sukovataya.

Course Time spent (in hours)
Basic courses
Problems of Modern Biophysics 2 (72)
Biophysics 2 (72)
Processing of experimental data 3 (108)
Methodology of PhD Thesis Preparation 3 (108)
Academic English 3 (108)
Basic English 3 (108)
Russian (fee will apply) 3 (108)

Prof. Valentina A. Kratasyuk, Head, Department of Biophysics, Institute of Fundamental Biology and Biotechnology Siberian Federal University

Phone: +7 391 206-20-72, 206-23-07
E-mail: VKratasyuk [at] sfu-mail [dot] ru

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