We appeal to various national and international foundations and organizations and our colleagues both in Armenia and the Diaspora to support us for the successful implementation of the Network activities.

UNESCO Chair in Life Sciences at Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center (LSIPEC) is organizing the Inaugural Workshop of “UNESCO/UNITWIN Interregional Network on PhD Education and Research in Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health”, which has been officially approved by UNESCO.

UNESCO Chair in Life Sciences will present the results of the research carried out in the Center in International Conferences

Biomedical Engineering


Core Courses in Biomedical Engineering (15 credits)


1. Biological Information (1 credit)

Information theory and its application in biology are discussed. The topics of the lectures are: physico-chemical principles of information transfer at the molecular level, including DNA, RNA, proteins, peptides, storage and retrieval of information in the brain; molecular modification of information by radiation, chemical, and biological methods.


2. Molecular Biophysics I (1 credit)

Introduction to the major areas of molecular biophysics and their foundations in chemistry and physics are presented. The topics of the lecture will include: molecular interactions, structural analysis through diffraction techniques, macromolecular physical chemistry, the effects of physical forces on biological structures, and thermodynamics systems.


3. Molecular Biophysics II (1 credit)

Conformation of Biological Macromolecules. The course will discuss the following topics: structure of ferments, nucleic acids and other biological polymers; the role of hydrogen bonds, hydrofobic forces and ion bonds in stabilization of the different structures of biomacromolecules.


4. Processes In Biological Systems (1 credit)

This course is concerned with the fundamental physical and physico-chemical treatment of various kinetic processes underlying the normal function of biological systems. The topics include: no equilibrium processes, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, osmotic and hydrostatic forces, membrane permeation and potentials, and the mechanisms of excitability.


5. Cellular Biophysics I (2 credits)

Membrane Transport 

Fundamental theory and principles of transport processes and membrane phenomena in biological systems are discussed. This serves as a basis for discussion of biological examples, including: transport involving water, non-electrolytes, and electrolytes. There will be lectures on the theories and principles developed to the state of current research knowledge.


6. Cellular Biophysics II (2 credits)

Structure and Function of Neuromuscular System

Current concepts and experimental approaches to study the cellular bases for nerve and muscle structure and function are discussed. The topics are: bioelectric phenomena, membrane excitability, mechanochemistry, bioenergetics, and current theories of muscle contraction. The course is self-contained and independent of Cellular Biophysics I.


7. Membranes (1 credit)

Biophysical aspects of model and biological membranes are discussed. the topics of the lectures are: chemical composition and physical properties of membranes, structure-functional relationships, model systems, lipid-protein interactions and other selected topics of biological interest. 


8. Ion Channels (2 credits)

Ion channels are responsible for information transmission in biological cells. They generate nerve and muscle electrical activity, control the secretion of hormones, and account for sensory transaction. This course will examine ion channels from the molecular level up to their role in controlling cellular processes. The course will be a combination of lectures, problem sets, and student seminars on current topics.


9. Radiation Biophysics (1 credit)

Radiation effects at molecular level will be discussed. Radiation-induced excitation, oxidation, reduction, and dissociation, particularly in biomolecules, will be examined.


10. Mathematical biophysics (1 credit)

This course will present theoretical aspects of biology and biophysics. Various aspects of chemical physics, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics, together with thermodynamics relevant to biophysics solutions, proteins, cell membranes, and transport will be covered in the first semester. Appropriate aspects of mathematics will be reviewed. The second semester will concern applications to theoretical biology, including mathematical modeling. Both linear and nonlinear problems of biology will be studied.


11. Computers and their Applications In Biomedicine (2 credits)

An intermediate level approach to the range of applications of computer techniques in biomedical research and in the clinics. Emphasis is placed upon hand-on experience with existing applications software, development of special purpose programming, and analysis of algorithms and their hardware implementations to accomplish typical computational tasks.



Supporting Courses in Biomedical Engineering (12 credits)


 1. The principles of Electronics (2 credits)

· Voltage, Current, Resistance

· Signals

· Condenser

· Inductance, transformer

· Diodes (basic varieties), circuits on diodes

· Part types of resistors, condensers, diodes, indications of their operational features

· Componentry


 2. Transistors (1 credit)

· The principles of transistor electronics

· Equivalent circuits of bipolar transistors

· Amplifying cascades on transistors

· Transistor circuits

· Field effect transistors, their characteristics

· Basic circuit applications, amplifiers, keys, cascade connection


 3. Operation amplifiers (1 credit)

· Basic knowledge on operation amplifiers

· Circuit connection of operation amplifiers

· Basic application of operation amplifiers

· Repeaters

· Schmidt triggers

· Instrumental amplifiers


 4. Active filters and generators (1 credit)

· Circuits of active filters

· Circuits of generators


5. Stabilizers of voltage and current (2 credits)

· Basic types of voltage stabilizers

· Circuit solutions of voltage stabilizers

· Sources of bearing voltage

· Power supply of special voltage


 6. Precision circuits and biomedical apparatus (1 credit)

· Peculiarities of the development of the amplifier for biomedical application

· Differential amplifiers

· Noises of amplifiers, sources of noises

· Noises, screening, ground connection


 7. Digital circuits (1 credit)

· Basic logical conceptions of TTL, ESL and KMOP

· Circuitry of logical elements

· Traditional series of TTL and ESL

· Traditional series of KMOP

· Chips of inventors and their application

· Circuits of generators and their transformers

· Commutators of digital and analogical signals

· Trigger circuits

· Counter - divisors

· Circuits of excerptions and storage

· Registers


 8. Biomedical digital apparatus (2 credits)

· Electrical conductors, isolators of the resistance

· Bioelectrical potentials

· Resting potential

· Action potential

· Diffusion of action potential

· Measurement of bioelectrical potentials

· Electrocardiogram

· Electromyography

· Blood pressure and blood flow

· Temperature measurement

· Parameters of respiratory system

· Electrodes for measuring the biological potentials

· Electrocardiography

· Direct and indirect methods of blood pressure measurements

· Cardio stimulators and defibrillators

· Blood flow, blood volume

· Devices and methods of measurement of respiratory system parameters

· Electroencephalograph, electromyograph, ultrasound devices

· Thermometry and audiometriy

· Works with microscope

· Spectrometers

· Radiation dosimetry, radiobiological irradiators and their application


9. Devices and methods for cell studying (1 credit)

· Microelectrodes

· Micromanipulators

· Bio-potential amplifiers

· Problems of voltage and current stabilization (stress freezing) on cell membranes

· Electrical apparatus for electro-physiological investigations

· Electrophoretic influence (microinjection)




· Works with tester

· Works with oscillograph

· Tracing, soldering, assembling

· Testing and measurement of circuit parameters