The Belarus Satellite Center (BSC) of Trace Element Institute (TEI) for UNESCO

The Belarus Satellite Center uses for its activity the facilities of the Institute of Biophysics and Cell Engineering (IBCE) of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (until 15th June 2004 the Institute of Photobiology). IBCE belongs to Biology Department of this Academy and was created in 1973 to develop the research in the field of biophysics and biochemistry of plants and animals. During last 30 years the Institute became a famous scientific organization to carry out the wide-range researches covering photosynthesis, protein and biological membranes dynamics under the action of biologically active compounds, cellular signaling and secondary messengers providing specific pathways. Special attention in researches was attracted to the chemistry of pigments and other important constituents of animal and plant cells with help of radioisotopes. Also a number of methods for diagnosis of various diseases were developed at IBCE using biophysical and biochemical approaches. Last time IBCE also uses for that genetic engineering techniques. The multidisciplinary nature of performed research at IBCE and experience of the staff accumulated during last three decades makes possible to solve complex problems of Belarus satellite center of Trace Element Institute for UNESCO including determination of trace elements in the different areas trace elements in nutrition and health.

Coordinator of the Belarus Satellite Center:

Igor Dmitrievich Volotovsky, Academician, D.Sc., Professor.

Internal partners and representatives of the Belarus Satellite Center:

  • Laboratory of biophysics and biochemistry of plant cell – N.V. Shalygo, D.Sc. (radioisotopes).
  • Laboratory of medical biophysics – E.I. Slobozhanina, Professor (analytical biochemistry).
  • Laboratory of Biophysics and Engineering of Cell – M.A. Martynova, Ph.D. (analytical biochemistry, radioisotopes).

International partners:

  • Polish Satellite Center of Trace Element Institute for UNESCO.
  • Institute of Plant Physiology, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
  • Institute of Cellular Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino-on-Oka, Russia.
  • Institute of Botany, Muenchen University, Germany.
  • Institute of Problems of Modern Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino-on-Oka, Russia.

Main equipment available and techniques to be used:

  • Atomic absorption.
  • Atomic-emission spectrometry.
  • Fluorescent analysis.
  • Analysis of carbon, sulphur and nitrogen.
  • Conventional quantitative biochemical analysis.
  • HPLC and electrophoresis.
  • DNA sequencing.
  • PCR analysis of genetic material.

Research areas:

  • Determination of trace elements of indicative importance in blood, urine and tissues of people under pathology and tissues under pathology and physiological conditions.
  • Assessment of trace elements (heavy metals, toxic compounds, radioisotopes) to person exposed to hazardous influence of environment.
  • Development of the methods to determinate the trace particle impurities including the microorganisms in air using light scattering approaches.
  • Development of direct and indirect techniques to measure the traces of heavy metals and herbicides in agricultural plant material.
  • The microelement analysis of food raw materials, foodstuff and forages for agricultural animals applying a method of atomic-emission spectrometry using the inductively coupled plasma.

Main Publications