An associate professor of the Faculty of Pharmaceutics of VSU, Yulia Polkovnikova, and an associate professor of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, Mikhail Syromyatnokov, completed internships at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry of the University of Zagreb as a part of the Erasmus+ academic mobility programme. The Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry of the University of Zagreb is the only faculty and leading research institution in Croatia which trains pharmacists and biochemists.
Yulia Polkovnikova visited the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and the Department of Pharmaceutical Analysis, where Professor Anita Hafner and professor Mario Yug demonstrated the faculty’s research facilities and equipment, as well as the methods used to develop various systems of delivery of medicines, and the methods of physical, chemical, and biopharmaceutical analysis. Yulia Polkovnikova is working on developing the formula and performing a technological study of pharmaceutical forms of nootropics. Researchers from the University of Zagreb found this research area very interesting and are likely to take part in a joint research project.
Mikhail Syromyatnokov visited three departments of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry - the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Department of Biochemistry and Hematology, and the Department of Microbiology. Members of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology demonstrated the methods they use to assess the degree of protein glycosylation of plasma and antibodies. Researchers at the Department of Biochemistry and Hematology told our representative about their methods of growing human cell cultures, as well as the major research areas and facilities of the department. Mikhail Syromyatnokov also learned about the approaches to the identification of mycotoxin in mold by means of molecular genetic methods. He also had a meeting with one of the department’s professors, and discussed the possibility of studies on the identification of mycotoxins to be carried out at the Department of Genetics, Cytology, and Bioengineering of VSU. This problem is very important in Russia. For instance, it is very important to identify mycotoxins in animal feed as they can significantly reduce its value. Mikhail in turn talked about the methods of preparing samples for direct sequencing and assessing the quality of the samples using gel electrophoresis. All the departments are interested in joint research projects.