Specialists from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland) will take part in the establishment of the center in the Ural Federal University, said Irina Kiseleva, the Head of the Department of Experimental Biology and Biotechnology at the Ural Federal University.
“This project is very important to us, because biotechnology has a bright future. Previously, the studies at the university were conducted at different departments and across different labs, and we would like to join the efforts to ensure a more clear coordination and collaboration. We have already agreed that the scientific adviser of this center will be our Polish colleague Kazimierz Strzalka, he is ready to help us and suggest how to proceed with this work,” said Ms. Kiseleva.
The center will have several teams involving foreign scientists. One of the areas for the center’s activities is phytoremediation, i. e., the use of plants for cleaning contaminated soil, groundwater, surface water and air. It is planned to continue works on creating the transgenic plants and studying their properties, researching and optimizing the synthesis of secondary metabolites that are candidates for biological additives and medicines from plant roots.
Bioengineering is expected to be another important area for the center’s activities. The plans include the creation of 3D structures from living cells, which will allow to advance the regenerative medicine. In addition, the researchers of the center will be involved in modeling in the area of physiology and medicine.