General information

The Institute of Biophysics and Cell Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (until 2004 – the Institute of Photobiology), belonging to the Biological Department of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), was established in 1973 on the basis of the Laboratory of Biophysics and Isotopes at the Academy of Sciences of the BSSR (1957).

Till 1984 the Institute was headed by Prof. A. A. Shlyk, Corresponding-member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, D.Sc. in biology.

Since 1984 and up to the present the Institute is being headed by Prof. ID. Volotovsky, Full Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Full Member of the International Slavonic Academy, Member of the International and American Biophysical Societies, State prize winner of the Republic of Belarus, Doctor of sciences in biology, Academician of NASB. Since 2010  is heading by Ludmila.V. Dubovskaya .

At present the Institute of Biophysics and Cell Engineering at NASB is a Research Centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus in the field of molecular-membrane biophysics, cell engineering and proteomics. Basic research trends of the Institute are as follows: molecular and cellular biophysics, genetic and cell engineering, biology of stem cells, proteomics, genomics, nanotoxicology, drug design.

The Institute collaborates with leading research institutions of many countries - Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Germany, England, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Czech.

The Institute of Biophysics and Cell Engineering is an organizer of a number of International conferences and symposia. Annually, Godnev readings dedicated to the memory of academician T.N. Godnev, a prominent Byelorussian scientist in the field of photosynthesis and
chemistry of chlorophyll, are given at the Institute. Investigations pursued at the Institute in the field of photosynthetic apparatus of plants, structural dynamics of biological membranes and intracellular transmission of signals are widely known among scientists abroad.

The Belarus Satellite Center (BSC) of Trace Element Institute (TEI) for UNESCO was established and is functioning on the basis of the Institute.

The Chair of Biophysics and Cell Biology, a branch of the Chair of Biophysics at the Physical Department of the Byelorussian State University (BSU), where studies with students are carried out, was set up at the Institute.

In 2007 the National Contact Point of the 7th Framework Program of the European Union for the priority trend on “Health” was set up at the Institute of Biophysics and Cell Engineering. The director of the Institute coordinates the activity of the National Contact Point.

In 1992 the scientists of the Institute were rewarded with a State prize of the Republic of Belarus in the field of science and engineering for a series of research works on “Luminescence of proteins and its application in research and practice”. In 2001 a group of scientists was rewarded with a State prize of the Republic of Belarus in the field of science and engineering for a series of research works on “Biophysical mechanisms of cell functional response”.

Research workers of the Institute were rewarded with a prize of Presidents of Academies of sciences of Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova; prizes of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus; grants of the President of the Republic of Belarus etc.

A staff of the Institute consists of 95 persons, of them 6 Doctors of science, 34 Candidates of science and 10 post-graduates.

Above 3500 pages of scientific papers, including 36 monographs, of which 3 monographs were republished in Japan, China, Israel and USA, were published by the researchers of the Institute. More than 50 inventor’s certificates and patents of the Republic of Belarus and the
Russian Federation were issued.

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