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The Faculty of Biology. Belarusian State University. English Version.  


Address: 4, Nezavisimost Ave., Minsk, 220030, Belarus

Telephone: +375(17)2095899




Fax: +375(17)2095856


Web page: http://bio.bsu.by/biohim/

Location: 10, Kurchatova str., Minsk, 4d floor.

The Department of Biochemistry is a modern, research-intensive division of faculty of biology. Since its foundation in 1964, the Department has developed an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching. For a brief history of the Department. click HERE.

Currently, Department has 32 full-time academic staff members and is over 70 undergraduate students are engaged in training. There are Animal Resource Center and 2 fully-equipped research laboratories on site: Laboratory of biochemistry of metabolism and Laboratory of applied problems of biochemistry.

The husbandry and veterinary care of all research animals are under the responsibility of Animal Resource Center. It is centrally managed by staff of trained animal caretakers and veterinarians. Animal facilities can accomodate multiple species of animals.

The Department offers a highly qualitied undergraduate curriculum on biochemistry with practical training, which exposes students to a wide range of modern experimental techniques. We provide a plethora of courses focusing on different special aspects of biochemistry. Our graduates hold faculty positions at outstanding academic institutions throughout the world or lead research teams in pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries.

The Department offers programs leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. These research-intensive programs are complemented by courses on selected topics in biochemistry. Our Ph.D. graduates go on to successful post-doctoral fellowships and careers in research.

The Biochemistry Department provides many opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved in research. The research program allows students to participate in a faculty member's research project. In their 5th year, students can conduct a research project under the guidance of any of department members.

Biochemistry occupies a central place in science life and the research in the Department focuses on understanding the fundamental biochemical processes of biological systems, microbial, plant and animal. Department members have active research programs in signal transduction and regulation, molecular medicine, molecular cell biology and pathology, protein folding, biomolecular structure and function. The expertise and the research interests of Department members are used to integrate research with education.

The Department has modern research facilities for isolation of subcellular fractions; chromatographic separation and mass spectrometric identification of pharmaceuticals, xenobiotics, drug metabolites; chromatographic purification of products of biotechnology; spectrophotometric and fluorimetric analysis of enzyme activity; enzyme-linked immunoassay, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, Western blot technique, as well as cell culture facilities.


Igor V. Semak, Head of Department of biochemistry

Sviatlana J. Mokhoreva Associate professor

Mikhail M. Filimonau Associate professor

Nataliya M. Arol Associate professor

Tatiana A. Kukulianskaya Associate professor

Dzmitry A. Novikau Associate professor

Aksana I. Hubich Associate professor

Tatsiana N. Zyranava Senior lecturer

Elena O.Korik Assistant

Vladimir P. Kurchenko Head of research laboratory

Mikhail V. Sholukh Leading research worker

Gavrilenko N.V. Senior research worker

E.S.Pyshko, M.V.Matunina, I.V.Fedorenko, G.G.Senkevitch, E.M.Cherviakovsky, M.V.Antonova. Research workers

N.V.Sushinskaja, O.S.Klimovich, E.V.Bondaruk Junior research workers

E.V.Chudnovskaja, L.N.Akimova, L.A.Gladkaja Engineers

T.I.Savich Head of vivarium

T.J.Erastova, O.N.Orochko, C.M.Zjarskaja, L.I.Bozhkova, M.V.Filich, V.M.Lavrova, L.I.Kuntsevich Technicians.

Undergraduate curriculum

- Biochemistry (associate professors S.I.Mokhoreva, T.A.Kukulianskaya).

- Biophysics (associate professors D.A.Novikau, M.M.Filimonau).

- Radiobiology (associate professor M.M.Filimonau).

- Biotransformation of Substances (associate professor I.V.Semak).

- Enzyme Engineering (associate professor I.V.Semak).

- Isolation and purification of products of biotechnology (V.P.Kurchenko).

- Introduction in Biochemical experiment (associate professors M.V.Sholukh).

- Enzymology (associate professors T.A.Kukulianskaya).

- Biochemistry of membranes (associate professors N.M.Arol).

- Basic Principles of Molecular Endocrinology (senior lecturer T.N.Zyranava).

- Enzyme Kinetics (associate professor I.V.Semak).

- Ecological Biochemistry (associate professors N.M.Arol).

- Bioenergetics (senior lecturer O.I.Hubich).

- Basic Principles of Radiation Biochemistry (associate professors M.M.Filimonau).

- Bioinorganic Chemistry (associate professors M.M.Filimonau).

- Basic Principles of Neurochemistry (associate professors N.M.Arol).

- Biochemistry of Protein and Nucleic Acids (associate professors D.A.Novikau).

- Functional Biochemistry (senior lecturer T.N.Zyranava).

- Immunoenzyme Assay (associate professor I.V.Semak).

- Biochemistry of Vitamins (associate professors N.M.Arol).

Research activity:

- Molecular mechanisms of cytotoxic effects of xenobiotics; mechanisms of cell resistance to xenobiotics and physical environmental factors;

- Mechanisms of antioxidant/prooxidant action of natural compounds;

- Steroid and melatonin metabolism in various organs and tissues of mammals;

- Identification and structural analysis of bioactive substances and their metabolites by mass-spectrometry, gas- and high-performance liquid chromatography;

- Molecular mechanisms of liver diseases and their correction by natural compounds;

- Regulation of signal transduction by natural and synthetic prostaglandins;

- Generic drug bioavailability and bioequivalence.

Selected peer-reviewed publications

1. Muronetz, V.I., Sholukh M.V., Korpela T. // Use of Protein-Protein Interactions in Affinity Chromatography // Journal of Biochemical and Biophysical Methods. – 2001. - Vol. 49(1-3). - P. 29-47.

2. Semak I.V., Semak T.G., Ivanov A.I. Experimental cholestasis decreases concentration of the class alpha isoenzymes of glutathione S-transferase in rat liver cytosol. Medical Biochemistry - 2001. – Vol. 1. – P. 285-292.

3. Slominski A, Semak I, Pisarchik A, Sweatman T, Szczesniewski A, Wortsman J. Conversion of L-tryptophan to serotonin and melatonin in melanoma cells. FEBS Lett, 2002. Vol. 511. – P. 102-106.

4. Slominski A, Pisarchik A, Semak I, Sweatman T, Wortsman J, Szczesniewski A, Slugocki G, McNulty J, Kauser S, Tobin DJ. Serotoninergic and melatoninergic systems are fully expressed in human skin. FASEB J. 2002. - Vol. 16. – P. 896-898.

5. Slominski A, Pisarchik A, Semak I, Sweatman T, Szczesniewski A, Wortsman J. Serotoninergic system in hamster skin // J Invest Dermatol. 2002. Vol. 119, 934-942.

6. Slominski A, Pisarchik A, Johansson O, Jing C, Semak I, Slugocki G, Wortsman J, Tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH) expression in human skin cells // Biochim Biophys Acta. 2003. Vol. 1639, 80-86.

7. Slominski A, Pisarchik A, Semak I, Sweatman T, WortsmanJ Characterization of the serotoninergic system in C57BL/6 mouse skin // Eur J Biochem. 2003. Vol. 270, 3335-3344.

8. Semak I, Korik E, Naumova M, Wortsman J, Slominski A. Serotonin metabolism in rat skin: characterization by liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry // Arch Biochem Biophys, 2004. – Vol. 421. – P. 61-66.

9. Slominski A, Zjawiony J, Wortsman J, Semak I, Stewart J, Pisarchik A, Sweatman T, Marcos J, Dunbar C, C Tuckey R. A novel pathway for sequential transformation of 7-dehydrocholesterol and expression of the P450scc system in mammalian skin // Eur. J. Biochem, 2004. – Vol. 271 (21). – P. 4178-4188.

10. Shalova I.N., Asryants R.A., Sholukh M.V., Saso L., Kurganov B.I., Muronetz V.I., Izumrudov V.A.. Interaction of Polyanions with Basic Proteins, 2a Influence of Complexing Polyanions on the Thermoaggregation of Oligomeric Enzymes // Macromolecular Bioscience, 2005. – Vol. 5. – P. 1184-1192.

11. Slominski A, Fischer TW, Zmijewski MA, Wortsman J, Semak I, Zbytek B, Slominski RM, Tobin DJ. On the role of melatonin in skin physiology and pathology. Endocrine. 2005 – Vol. 27(2). – P.137-148. Review.

12. Slominski A, Semak I, Zjawiony J, Wortsman J, Li W, Szczesniewski A, Tuckey RC. The cytochrome P450scc system opens an alternate pathway of vitamin D3 metabolism // FEBS J., 2005. – Vol. 272 (16). – P. 4080-4090.

13. Semak I, Korik E, Naumova M, Wortsman J, Slominski A. A novel metabolic pathway of melatonin: oxidation by cytochrome C // Biochemistry, 2005. – Vol. 44 (26). – P. 9300-9307.

14. Slominski A, Semak I, Zjawiony J, Wortsman J, Gandy MN, Li J, Zbytek B, Li W, Tuckey RC. Enzymatic metabolism of ergosterol by cytochrome P450scc to biologically active 17alpha,24-dihydroxyergosterol // Chem Biol., 2005. – Vol. 12 (8). – P. 931-939.

15. Senyuk O., Gorovoj L., Zhidkov A., Kovalyov V., Palamar L., Kurchenko V., Kurchenko N., Schroeder H.-Ch. Genome protection properties of the chitin-containing preparation Micoton // Advances in chitin science, 2005.— Vol. VIII.— Р. 430—434.

16. Slominski A, Zbytek B, Szczesniewski A, Semak I, Kaminski J, Sweatman T, Wortsman J. (2005) CRH stimulation of corticosteroids production in melanocytes is mediated by ACTH // Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab.; 288(4):E701-706.

17. Slominski A, Zbytek B, Semak I, Sweatman T, Wortsman J. CRH stimulates POMC activity and corticosterone production in dermal fibroblasts // J Neuroimmunol. 2005. – Vol. 162(1-2). – P. 97-102.

18. Cherviakovsky E.M., Bolibrukh D.A., Baranovsky A.V., Vlasova T.M., Kurchenko V.P., Gilep A.A., Usanov S.A. Oxidative modification of quercetin by hemeproteins // Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 2006. - Vol. 342. – P.459–464.

19. Hubich A.I., Zheldakova T.A., Chernikhova T.V., Koroleva E.V., Lakhvich F.A., Sholukh M.V. Synthetic heteroprostanoids of A- and E-types as novel non-comprehensive inhibitors of adenylyl cyclase in rat hepatocytes // Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 2006. – Vol. 341. – P. 357-362.

20. Slominski A, Semak I, Wortsman J, Zjawiony J, Li W, Zbytek B, Tuckey RC. An alternative pathway of vitamin D metabolism. Cytochrome P450scc (CYP11A1)-mediated conversion to 20-hydroxyvitamin D2 and 17,20-dihydroxyvitamin D2 // FEBS J., 2006. – Vol. 273 (13). –P. 2891-2901.

21. Hubich A. I., Sholukh M.V. Biochemistry of Prostaglandins of gruppe A // Biochemistry (Moscow), 2006. V. 71. N3. p. 229-238.

22. Fischer TW, Sweatman TW, Semak I, Sayre RM, Wortsman J, Slominski A. Constitutive and UV-induced metabolism of melatonin in keratinocytes and cell-free systems // FASEB J., 2006. – Vol. 20 (9). – P. 1564-1566.

23. Tarun E.I, Kurchenko V.P., Metelitsa D.I. Flavonoids as effective protectors of urease againts ultrasonic inactivation in solutions // Bioorganic chemistry, 2006. V. 32. N4. p. 391-398.

24. Hubich A.I., Bondar A.Y., Kastsiuk T.U., Kastsiuk U.A., Lakhvich F.A., Sholukh M.V. Hepatoprotective action of prostaglandin A2 analogs under CCl4-induced liver injury in vitro // Hepatology Research, 2007. – Vol. 37. – P. 416-424.

25. Semak I, Korik E, Antonova M, Wortsman J, Slominski A. Metabolism of melatonin by cytochrome P450s in rat liver mitochondria and microsomes. J Pineal Res. 2008 Nov;45(4):515-523.

26. Slominski AT, Zmijewski MA, Semak I, Sweatman T, Janjetovic Z, Li W, Zjawiony JK, Tuckey RC. Sequential metabolism of 7-dehydrocholesterol to steroidal 5,7-dienes in adrenal glands and its biological implication in the skin. PLoS ONE. 2009;4(2):e4309.

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