Employees of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of VSU took part in the X International Scientific and Practical Conference “Biotechnology: Science and Practice” held between 12 and 16 September in Alushta. A similar event, the X International Conference “Relevant issues of biological physics and chemistry – 2022”, was held in Sevastopol.
Issues related to industrial biotechnologies, including medical, food, and agricultural ones, were discussed at the “Biotechnology: Science and Practice” conference. The guests talked about the issues of ecology, bioenergy, and biogeotechnology. Professor Marina Kholyavka from the Department of Biophysics and Biotechnology acted as the chair of the Bioinformatics, Cell, and Genetic Engineering section.
The employees of the department also presented their research results at the conference. Professor Marina Kholyavka presented a report “Influence of UV radiation in the presence of methylene blue on the photomodulation processes in the enzymatic activity of papain, ficin, and bromelin, free and immobilised on a chitosan matrix”. Senior researcher Maria Lavlinskaya talked about new proteolytic enzyme preparations obtained from papain, ficin, and bromelin. Junior research assistant Andrey Sorokin talked about the stabilisation of bromelin, papain, and ficin activity through their complex formation with graft copolymers of chitosan and N-vinylimidazole.
Apart from the main programme of the conference, there were also a school for young scientists “Bioengineering for the solution of innovative issues of industrial technologies” and a meeting of the federal educational and methodological association in the higher education system dedicated to the expanded set of academic fields and specialities “Industrial ecology and biotechnologies”.
The same group of biophysicists from VSU also participated in the XVII International Scientific Conference “Relevant Issues of Biological Physics and Chemistry – 2022”, which was held in Sevastopol. The participants discussed the issues of general biophysics, medical biophysics and biophysical chemistry, biophysical ecology, as well as modelling issues in biophysics.
Employees of the Department of Biophysics and Biotechnology of VSU presented their reports on the following topics: “The effect of UV radiation on the specific activity of free and immobilised proteolytic enzymes through adsorption and introduction into gels” (Professor Marina Kholyavka), “Stabilisation of the proteolytic activity of papain through the creation of nanoscale hybrid preparations” (senior researcher Maria Lavlinskaya), “Stabilisation of bromelin, papain, and ficin activity through their complex formation with graft copolymers of sodium salt of carboxymethylcellulose and N-vinylimidazole” (Junior Researcher Andrey Sorokin).
The articles based on the reports will be published in the Russian Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry.