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On September 6-9, 2016 the UNESCO Chair of Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center organized the 9th EMF International Workshop: Bioelectromagnetics and Water Science to Aid Environmental Health Defence in Garni, Armenia.

Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center is currently inviting young researchers to work and take PhD courses at LSIPEC

UNESCO Chair in Life Sciences will present the results of the research carried out in the Center in International Conferences
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The current studies of the Department of Biotechnology are listed below.

 

  1. The role of cell bathing medium as a sensor for biological effect of weak signals on cells.

    Methods:

  ·  Conductometric recording of specific electrical conductivity (SEC) of water solutions,

  ·  Cryoscopy method of recording heat fusion of water solutions (Biophys- 1);

  ·  Micro-calorimetric method for determination of specific heat capacity of water solutions (Biophys-1);

  ·  X-ray Rontgen diffraction method (Computerized recording of DRON-4);

  ·  Potenciometric method for determination of CO and O solubility in water; 

  ·  Luminescent method for determination of reactive oxygen species in water solution;

  ·  Photometric determination of intracellular ionic concentration;

  ·  Specific drying method for determination of cell hydration;

  ·  Isotope method fro recording ionic fluxes through cell membrane;

  ·  Current and Voltage Clamp Computerized recording of plant cell electrical activity (Biophys-4);

  ·  In vivo recording of  intracellular ionic composition by intracellular ion-selective microelectrodes;

  ·  Patch-clump recording of electrical activity of  E.Coli membrane (in the process of elaboration);

 

 2. The Study of the Role  of Cell Hydration in Regulation of Microbes sensitivity to toxic effect of chemical factors (Microbiology).
 3. The Study of the mechanism of non-thermal effect of  MMW on plant seeds' germination potentials
 4. The study of the nature of metabolic pathway responsible for mechanical sensitivity of sperm membrane (Reproductive cells).

 

Projects:

  · Observation of the Changes of the Water Structure in the Magnetic Field by the Use of X-Ray Diffraction Method.

  · The comparative study of low intensity Millimeter Wave Terahertz and Infrared effects on physicochemical properties of water and water solutions.

  · The Application of Hydrogel as a Non-Ionizing Radiation Sensor.

  · Molecular and cellular mechanisms of possible non-thermal biological effect of extremely high-power microwave pulses (EHPP)

  · Synthesis of new organic semi conducting polymer materials having high radiowave absorption rate.

      Methods:

   · Conductometric method for recording  specific electrical conductivity of water solutions (Conductometer ‘’Biophys-1’’ elaborated by the Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics of Armenian NAS, Yerevan, Armenia),

   · Cryoscopic method for recording heat fusion of water solutions (thermometer Byiophys- TT, production of LSIPEC, Armenia),

   ·  Micro-calorimetric method for determination of specific heat capacity of water solutions (Biophys- MWD-001, Yerevan Armenia),

   ·  X-ray Rontgen diffraction method (Computerized recording of DRON-4),

  ·  Potenciometric method for determination of CO2 and O2 solubility in water (for determination of CO2 solubility, Dissolved Oxygen Meter ‘’World Precision Instruments Inc.’’ Barasota, USA),

   · Luminescent method for determination of reactive oxygen species in water solution (1450Micro- Beta liquid scintillation counter ‘’Wallac Og, Turku, Finland)

    · Photometric determination of intracellular ionic concentration (PFM Y 42)

 

Projects:

  · The molecular and cellular study of ELF EMF effect on the functional activity and biotechnological properties of industrial microbes.

  · Investigation of the mechanisms of CO2/H2O2 on growth inhibition of Escherichia coli and the possibility of using these phenomena as an innovative tool for water purification.

  · The study of the effects of cell hydration increase as a potential factor able to elevate sensitivity of Escherichia coli K-12 biofilm to toxins and a novel method for water purification from microbial pollution.

     Methods:

   · Isotope method for recording ionic fluxes through the cell membrane

   · Isotope method for counting the number of agonist receptors on membrane

   · Standard microbiological methods

   · Immunoassay method for determination of intracellular messengers

   · Patch-clump method for recording electrical activity of E. Coli membrane  (in the process of elaboration).

 

 

Projects:

   ·  On the Modulation Effect of Pulsing and Static Magnetic Fields and Mechanical Vibrations on Barley Seed Hydration

   ·  The Study of the Activation Effect of  Low Frequency of  EMF On Barley and Wheat Seeds Germination Potential

   ·  The effect of  low frequency of modulated MMW on plant seeds' germination.

      Methods:

   ·  Specific drying method for determination of cell hydration

   ·  In vivo recording of intracellular ionic composition by intracellular ion-selective microelectrodes

   ·  Isotope method for recording ionic fluxes through the cell membrane

   ·  Current and Voltage Clamp Computerized recording of electrical activity of plant cell  (Biopsys-1)

 

 

Projects:

   · The comparative study of mechanical vibration-induced activation of rabbit, pig and bovine sperm velocities. 

   · The study of the nature of infrasound effect on bull sperm motility

   ·  Patch-clamp study of Ca2+ turnover in mechanical vibration-induced activated bovine sperm cells.

      Methods:

    ·  Current and Voltage Clamp method for Computerized recording of oocytes' activity;

    ·  Patch-clump recording of neuronal and sperm membrane activity;

    ·  In vivo recording of intracellular ionic composition by intracellular ion-selective microelectrodes; 

    ·  Luminescent microscopic method for recording intracellular concentration of Ca ions;

    ·  Photometric determination of intracellular ionic concentration; 

    ·  Specific drying method for determination of cell hydration;

    ·  Isotope method for recording of ionic fluxes through the cell membrane;

    ·  Isotope method for counting the number of agonist receptors on membrane;

    ·  Immunoassay method for determination of intracellular messengers.