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Institute of Cell Biology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine


Institute of Cell Biology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, was established on the basis of the Division of Cell Regulatory Systems of O.V. Palladin Institute of Biochemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine according to the Decree "On the establishment of the Institute of Cell Biology in Lviv" of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, N1123, July 14, 2000. Division of Cell Regulatory Systems of O.V. Palladin Institute of Biochemistry was founded in 1969. Professor Stepan J. Kusen' became its first director (from 1969 to 1995). Professor Rostislav S. Stoika was director of this Division from 1995 to 2000. Professor Andriy А. Sibirny was nominated by the President of NAS of Ukraine as the first Director of the Institute of Cell Biology. Member of NAS of Ukraine Andriy A. Sibirny was re-elected as Director for five years in 2012.


The Institute of Cell Biology is a scientific institution well known in Ukraine and abroad, conducting first priority fundamental and applied research in the field of modern cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics and biotechnology. At present the Institute employs 67 specialists, including 12 doctors of sciences (Habilitation Doctors) and 23 candidates of sciences (PhDs). During the last 7 years our scientists have published 41 monographs and chapters in monographs, 273 scientific articles (including 148 articles in the international journals – a total impact factor = 621,9), 6 university textbooks and 9 manuals for higher school students, received 24 patents for inventions and utility models (including 4 international patents). During the last 7 years specialists of our Institute completed 23 international scientific projects, 52 international grants for young scientists and many domestic scientific projects.


Institute of Cell Biology is a founder of the Ukrainian Society for Cell Biology (USCB), established in 2004. USCB is registered at the legal address of the Institute.


A specialized Academic Council D 35.246.01 evaluates theses applied for the Ph.D. and Doctor of Science degrees in the following areas: 03.00.07 – Microbiology and 03.00.11 – Сytology, cell biology, histology.

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Institute of Cell Biology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine


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Institute of Cell Biology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine


Board Of Directors

Andriy Andriyovych Sibirny
Dr.Sc., Professor, Member of NASU,
Director of the Institute
Tel. (+38)-(032)-2612108
Kostyantyn Vasylovych Dmytruk
Dr.Sc., Deputy Director for Science
Тел. (+38)-(032)-2612146
Marina Leonidivna Barska
Ph.D., Scientific Secretary
Tel. (+38)-(032)-2612142
Kostyantyn Evhenovych Kapustyak
Ph.D., Deputy Director for general management
Tel. (+38)-(032)-2612202



Myroslava Silvestrivna Demkovych
Chief Accountant
Тел. (+38)-(032)-2612142
Galyna Zbignevna Rozhak
Deputy Chief Accountant
Тел. (+38)-(032)-2612142
Liubov Mykolaivna Pokhodenko
Тел. (+38)-(032)-2612142
Anna Mykolaivna Mudrak
Head of Personnel Department
Тел. (+38)-(032)-2612108
Roman Grygorovych Shafransky
Legal adviser
Tel. (+38)-(032)-2612142
Zoriana Hnativna Voloshyn
Head of administrative support center
Tel. (+38)-(032)-2612108


Department Of Science And Technology

Vasyl' Vasyl'ovych Tanchak
Chief mechanician
Tel. (+38)-(032)-2612195
Viktor Maxymovych Korovin
Chief engineer
Tel. (+38)-(032)-2612195
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Institute of Cell Biology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine


Collaboration with universities.


Collaboration with Lviv I. Franko National University of Lviv.


The Institute has Collaboration agreements with the following three departments of Lviv I. Franko National University:

  • Biochemistry,
  • Genetics and Biotechnology,
  • Microbiology.


Students of the Faculty of Biology execute their course papers, diploma and master's theses, using facilities of the Institute. Highly qualified scientists of the Institute teach special courses in the most advanced fields of modern biological science..


More specific information can be found on the web pages of Departments of: Molecular genetics and biotechnologyAnalytical biotechnologyRegulation of cell proliferation and apoptosisCell Signaling.

Institute of Cell Biology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine




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Institute of Cell Biology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine


Major fields of scientific work of the Institute:


  • Study of the molecular-genetic and biochemical mechanisms of the regulation of metabolism in yeasts and development of new biotechnological processes and products based on these microorganisms.
  • Research in molecular mechanisms of the regulation of proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis of normal and tumor cells. Development of new anticancer therapies.


In frame of its research directions the Institute conducts basic and applied research of international value, as demonstrated by the following examples:


- Мolecular mechanisms of autophagic degradation of proteins and organelles using yeast models are being investigated. The obtained data expanded the knowledge necessary to formulate concepts of the molecular mechanisms of organelle homeostasis and autophagic degradation in the cell.


- Using methods of genetic engineering bacterial strain which efficiently produces argininedeiminase, a potential anticancer drug, has been constructed. Processes for argininedeiminase re-activation and purification were optimized resulting in the technology for production of this enzyme.


- Basic research on molecular mechanisms regulating the biosynthesis of vitamin B2 and glutathione was conducted. The obtained results were applied for the development of microbial platforms for the oversynthesis of biologically active compounds. Efficient producers of vitamin B2 and flavin cofactors were constructed.


- The development of microbial producers of biofuel ethanol from lignocellulose wastes of agriculture and wood industry (not from raw food material) was conducted. Unique genetically engineered yeast strains capable of fermenting xylose, one of the constituents of lignocelluloses, were created.


- Experiments directed on efficient expression of hydrogenases' genes in bacteria that are able to produce hydrogen, a very promising and environmentally friendly source of energy, were conducted.


- The technology of obtaining gold nanoparticles conjugated with different enzymes is being developed and structural studies of bio-nano dimensional products are carried using scanning and transmission microscopy, atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffraction at small-angle scattering . The significant gain of ability of oxidoreductase to direct (without transmission) transfer of electrons from the catalytic center to the electrode surface through gold nanoparticles (flavocytochrome b2 amperometric signal gain can be increased for 10-22 times) was demonstrated, what opens the possibility of creating a third generation biosensors without transmission.


- New enzyme-fluorescence methods for analysis of L-arginine with recombinant arginine-hydrolyzing enzymes, human arginase I and bacterial argininedeiminase, were created, important for cancer diagnostics and monitoring of some therapies.


- An experimental model of amperometric biosensor for the analysis of toxic formaldehyde in industrial chemical products and vaccines was developed.


- Diagnostic kits "DIAGLUC" and "ALCOTEST" for enzymatic determination of glucose, alcohol and immunological reagents for forensic and transfusion medicine were designed at the Institute and implemented into production.


- It was found that delivery of doxorubicine and other anticancer drugs by novel polymeric carriers, which were synthesized at Lviv National Polytechnic University, decreased therapeutic dose of drugs up to 10 times in both in vitro and in vivo experiments. Besides, such drug delivery reduced their negative side effects in a treated organism. Thus, immobilization of anticancer drugs on novel polymeric carriers is a promising strategy for enhancing drug action in vitro and in vivo, especially when targeting chemoresistant tumor cells.


- The molecular mechanisms underlying the appearance of two distinct and previously unknown types of apoptotic blebs were established. The discovered specific molecular markers, oligomannose glycans exposed at cell surface, were used for identification of apoptotic cells. Their identification was the basis for the developed express method for dying cell detection in microvolume of human blood.


- New type of catalytic antibodies (abzymes) with unique properties, histone H1 and sialic acid cleavage, were described and thier presence was proven to have a diagnostic and prognostic impact for different autoimmune and hematooncological diseases.


- New combinational approaches to anticancer metabolic therapy based on recombinant enzymes hydrolyzing amino acid arginine have been proposed. t It was demonstrated for the first time that the sensitivity of various types of human tumor cells to starvation for individual amino acids dramatically differs in standard 2D monolayer and 3D spheroid tumor cultures, and is accompanied by specific remodeling of tumor cell's cytoskeleton.


- Efficient unique yeast producers of recombinant human arginase I as anticancer agent have been constructed.


The Institute is active in organizing important international conferences. Two Parnas conferences were held at the Institute in 1996 and 2000. The 21-st International Specialized Symposium on Yeasts "Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology and Ecology of Non-conventional Yeasts (ISSY2001)" was held in the Institute in 2001.


Institute was the organizer of 12 th International Congress on Yeasts in 2008.


In 2004, the Institute was the convener of the Founding Congress of the Ukrainian Society of Cell Biology.

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