Master's degree program “Biological Engineering” | Siberian Federal University

Master's degree program “Biological Engineering”

The Program is aimed at students having background in natural science and wishing to master contemporary methodology of scientific research in order to pursue career in the field of biological engineering. The scientific projection in biological engineering aims to encourage research skills by students through an individual research project in biology, biological engineering or biophysics. Students will follow all steps of research process from the problem statement to the achievement and analysis of experimental results.

Master’s Program “Biological engineering” is delivered by an experienced academic staff having a comprehensive background in fundamental research and practical applications in industries. The program is designed with emphasis on practical skills development and students work in the modern and well-equipped SibFU Laboratory of Bioluminescent Biotechnologies (in Russian). This laboratory was established through the collaboration of the world’s strongest team of scientists engaged in fundamental research of light emission by living organisms, i. e. bioluminescence, and the Nobel Laureate Professor Osamu Shimomura.


Methods: lectures, lab experiments, case studies and group discussions.

Teaching staff: SibFU Professors and visiting lecturers from universities of Russia, USA, Italy, China, Spain, UK and other countries.

The major part of the Program’s training takes place at the modern and well-equipped SibFU Laboratory of Bioluminescent Biotechnologies, led by Nobel Laureate Professor Osamu Shimomura, in one of the world’s strongest team of scientists engaged in fundamental research of light emission by living organisms, i.e. bioluminescence.

Research projects

While following the Program students have to deal with the phenomenon of bioluminescence in all its aspects: from genetic and molecular to evolutionary and ecological. Master’s research projects are focused on studying the chemical nature of light emission by new luminous species (fungi, soil worms, coelenterates, bacteria, etc.), modelling the enzyme behavior in cell hyaloplasm, development of new recombinant bioluminescent organisms and of a new generation of bioluminescent biosensors for environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics as well as on other fundamental and applied topics.

Diploma and degree: Master of Science in Biology.

Career opportunities: with a Master’s degree in Biosciences you can obtain a position in both public and private sector.

Research career: the Master’s degree holder can continue studying to earn a PhD SibFU degree.

Prof. Valentina KRATASYUK

Valentina KRATASYUKDoctor of Sciences (Biology), Head of Biophysical Department, School of Fundamental Biology and Biotechnology, Siberian Federal University.

After graduation from Novosibirsk State University, School of Natural Science in 1975 and Ph.D. studies (Institute of Biophysics SB RAS, 1985.) V.A. Kratasyuk got D.Sc. in Biological sciences (Biophysics) from Institute of Biophysics SB RAS in 1995. Professor, Head of the Department of Biophysics (Siberian Federal University) since 1999.

Author and co-author of more than 250 scientific publications (58 Referred Journal Articles, 3 Book Coauthored, 2 Books Edited, 3 Book Chapters, 13 Patents). Project leader and research associate in more than 20 Russian and International projects.

Member of The Scientific Council of the International Society of Bioluminescence and
Chemiluminescence (since 1993), International Society on Bioencapsulation (since 1994), Russian Biochemical Society (Since 1975), The European Society for Photobiology (Since 2007).

Please visit her web-page on ResearchGate.

Research interests: bioluminescent biosensors, biophysics, biotechnology, biochemistry, luminous bacteria, bioluminescent analysis, enzymatic toxicity bioassays, history of biology, science education.

Fields of study Biology, Biophysics, Biochemistry, Biological Engineering, Environmental Sciences
Duration 2 years
Starting date September, 1st
Study intensity Full-time
Delivery mode Blended
Type of degree M. Sc.
Credits 120 ECTS credits
Language of instruction English
Academic requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Physics, Biophysics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Sciences or equivalent (a copy of your diplomas from previous university studies and transcripts of completed courses and grades)
  • good command of English (certificate or other official document , English level B1 (European Framework of Reference of Communicative Skills)
  • Skype interview
  • a motivation letter and letters of recommendation may also be required
Tuition fee (per year) 250,000 rubles
The cost does not include accommodation and living expenses. The price could change at the time of signing a learning agreement.
Application deadline July 29th
Accommodation On-campus accommodation is available in double and triple-occupancy rooms (€ 20 per month)
Practicalities Airport transfer and invitation letter for a Russian study visa are provided by the University

Program structure

Study Plan

First year — 60 ECTS credits
1 semester 30 ECTS credits
Master's courses 24 ECTS credits
History and Methodology of Science 6 ECTS credits
Biosphere and Global Environmental Issues 3 ECTS credits
Information Technology in Biology (.pdf) 4 ECTS credits
Research seminar I 4 ECTS credits
Optimization and Data Analysis in Biology (.pdf) 4 ECTS credits
Russian for Foreigners 3 ECTS credits
Master's Thesis: Research 6 ECTS credits
2 semester 30 ECTS credits
Module 1 “Bioluminescent Biotechnologies” 20 ECTS credits
Compulsory courses 14 ECTS credits
Physics and Сhemistry of Bioluminescence 3 ECTS credits
Bioluminescent Biotechnologies 3 ECTS credits
Photobiophysics 4 ECTS credits
Research seminar II 4 ECTS credits
Elective course 6 ECTS credits
Laboratory Training Course: Mechanisms and Applications of Bioluminescence (.pdf) 6 ECTS credits
State-of-the-Art Equipment and Methods for studying of Biological Systems 6 ECTS credits
Master's Thesis: Research Project (.pdf) 10 ECTS credits
Second year — 60 ECTS credits
3 semester 30 ECTS credits
Module 2 “New Approaches in Biological Engineering” 20 ECTS credits
Compulsory courses 14 ECTS credits
Contemporary Issues of Biophysics 4 ECTS credits
Theoretical Biophysics 3 ECTS credits
Biological Еngineering (.pdf) 7 ECTS credits
Elective courses 6 ECTS credits
Writing and Presenting Science (.pdf) 3 ECTS credits
Managment of Aquatic Ecosystems (.pdf) 3 ECTS credits
Fundamentals of Food and Nutrition (.pdf) 3 ECTS credits
Advanced Biostatistics (.pdf) 3 ECTS credits
Molecular Biophysics 3 ECTS credits
Master's Thesis 10 ECTS credits
4 semester 30 ECTS credits
Master's Thesis 24 ECTS credits
Defense of the Thesis 6 ECTS credits

Biological Engineering: 2 years have passed

August 2020

Nargiza Hamzaeva and Santiago Palacious — have been living and studying here in Krasnoyarsk for the past 2 years. During this time they have experienced a lot: Russian winter, Winter Universiade 2019, summer internship in Baikal, world pandemic, online defense of their Master’s thesis and much more.

Santiago (from Equador) shares his experience about living in Siberia for 2 years: “My experience in general at the Siberian Federal University after two years of study is very positive and I recommend it to anyone interested in doing a postgraduate degree course in this university, since it has elite teaching staff, laboratories and facilities that stand up to any American or European University; and I am very grateful to all the teachers, friends, and colleagues that I had the pleasure to meet here.

While studying at the Siberian federal University I learned a completely new scientific field for me - bioluminescence with professors and colleagues of an elite level in the academic field, and in the personal field, I discovered the soul, heart and kindness of the natives of the Siberian region. My conclusion here in Siberia is that I could observe the warm hospitability and enriched culture of Russia which only a few come to know.

The program met my expectations and I am very satisfied and happy as I learnt a lot and grew professionally. Moreover, I had unconditional support of my classmates and in my faculty in this specialty. Apart of my studies, I could visit amazing places like the Lake Baikal in the summer internship program.

The city of Krasnoyarsk impressed me from my first time here as I could visually experience a stunningly beautiful and imposing nature and withstood the glittering Siberian winters. Overall, in my opinion, it is a very nice city, friendly with foreigners and a very affordable place for students to realize their dreams.

My future plans are to continue with my PhD studies here as I am satisfied and happy with the university and the city. Further, I wish to continue the project I began in Spain for a joint work of the research Institute of biomedicine at the hospital San Pau of Barcelona in Spain and the Siberian Federal University, my doctoral research topic will be the investigation of the cancer tiraoides within the line of research of the professor Eugenia Mato Matute. I wish to thank the SibFU lecturers of our dear faculty for their the unconditional support in this project, in particular Professor Irina Egorovna Sukovataya and Professor Valentina Alexandrovna Kratasyuk.”

We don’t have a comment from Nargiza Hamzaeva as she is quite busy these days because she is going to publish two articles based on her work.

A comment from programme leader Valentina Kratasyuk: „At the start we were very worried for these students, partly because they were the first international students at this programme and partly because Krasnoyarsk is located almost in the middle of Siberia and climate conditions here are quite different from their native countries. In addition, you can’t say for sure how an international student would react to these changes and to the different study system. Now we can say for sure that we are ready for any challenges that may arise with international students and we know that our research and education curriculum are at the high professional level. The success of the first graduates means the success of the entire staff of the Department.“

A comment from the head of International Educational Programes Irina Sukovataya: „Now we offer several Master programmes that we fully taught in English. Moreover I would like to mention that students have a lot of possibilities for their personal and educational development within the chosen programme. For instance, they can participate in exchange programme and spend a semester in one of our partner universities in Europe.“

Defense of Master Thesis

July 2020

8th of July was a remarkable day — the Master programme "Biological Engineering" had come the end for our beloved international students: Nargiza Hamzaeva and Santiago Palacious — both of them have successfully defended their Master thesis.

We believe that it was an important day for both of them as it is quite stressful event on its own plus it was done online and it have added some worries as well. Nevertheless they managed to cope with the stress and technology and received their marks. During the online defense students presented the results of their work and proved that they have enough abilities and motivation for independent scientific work, also their received the feedback from the committee members. So it is the time when we say goodbye and wish them good luck in all of their endeavors.

Nargiza Hamzaeva defended her work on the topic of "Effect of dietary buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) on SIRT1 protein expression in Bisphenol A administered rats" scientific supervisor: Dr. Shubhra Pande.

Santiago Palacious defended his work on the topic of "Determination of probiotic efficiency using ATP bioluminescence" scientific supervisor: Rajeev Ranjan

During their study they have also won Eranet+ scholarships and spent a semester in University of Lleida in Catalonia, Spain.

Semester Abroad

July 2020
Nargiza Hamzaeva and Santiago Palacious — have also won Eranet+ scholarships and spent a semester in University of Lleida in Catalonia, Spain; both of them are international students on the programme «Biological Engineering». So they have spent a semester in University of Lleida in Catalonia, Spain.

Here you can read what Santiago says about his experience in Spain: «There we had to take several subjects offered by University of which I chose a profile of Biomedical Sciences and surgery as a recommendation of Professor Eugenia Mato Matute, professor of several universities and laboratories in the region of Catalonia, and I was invited to participate in his research line thyroid cancer in the Biomedical Research Center of the hospital San Pau de Barcelona».

Summer internship at the Baikal Lake

July 2019

Master students from the Biological Engineering program are sending greetings from Baikal lake. They have a unique opportunity to spend the part of their summer on the biggest fresh water lake in Russia — Baikal. Currently they are doing their internship there. The work is focused on using the living organisms as the indicators of anthropogenic pollution.

That's a win-win situation as you can see the famous lake in Russia and at the same time get to know a variety of tests used in the water toxicology.

During 2-week’s time students didn’t only learn about history and exceptional biodiversity of the Lake, but also they mastered the methods of biotesting. Biotesting is a process in which the researcher use the living organisms as test subjects and observe their behavior and survival rate under the influence of different pollutants.

In the course of their internship students got to know the typical habitats of the variety of invertebrates and they also learnt how to collect them for the research purposes. The collected animals were subjected to the different types of pollutants in various concentrations and their survival rate was assessed every 2 hours.

After all experiments students were asked to provide a written report of their findings together with all supporting data (graphs, tables etc.).

Without a doubt, they had a fun time by observing the real ringed seal in the natural habitat, hiking to the nearest mountains and of course by catching the test subjects.

Teaching team of the Biological Engineering program presented current research at SETAC meeting

May 2019

The staff of the Department of Biophysics at Siberian Federal University with the Biological Engineering program leader Prof. Valentina KRATASYUK have participated in the SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting in Helsinki!

SETAC Helsinki was a 5-day event featuring a variety of training, networking and learning opportunities. The event was opened for everyone who is interested in emerging research, regulatory developments and the latest methodologies in environmental toxicology and chemistry. Between 2,000 and 2,500 scientists, assessors, regulators and managers from academia, business and government, representing an average of 60 countries, provided a unique networking opportunity and a chance for cross-collaboration long after the closing session.

During the meeting, the presenters from SibFU represents platform and poster presentations regarding the possibility of using different enzyme systems in the field of environmental bioassay of soil contamination.

Staff of program Biological Engineering participated activities during open school day at Siberian Federal University

April 2019

The open school day at Siberian federal University took part April 6, 2019, on the university campus. This activity is extremely popular among school students and future school leavers. During the open school day, the staff of the program demonstrated the participants possibilities of their experimental works, which could be a future topic of someone bachelor thesis. The big attention had a new topic of research connected with assessment efficiency of physical loads of athletes based on the bioluminescent assay of saliva. In addition, the participants had a chance to ask questions regarding entering the program and study process. Plus, the unique feature of this open school day was that the participants had a meeting with employers, who are interested in the program’s graduates. Thus, school students, who have had an intention to enter the program, are sure that we will have a job position after graduation.

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