Researchers from Skoltech won 6 grants in December 2015

Six Skoltech projects have been supported by the Russian Science Foundation and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research in December 2015 . These projects covered the scientific areas of electrochemistry, biomedicine, computing technology, genetic engineering. All of the projects are headed by Skoltech professors and postdocs:

Keith Stevenson, grant by Russian Science Foundation on the topic: Design of advanced organic cathode materials for lithium and sodium batteries. The project is developed and implemented by Skoltech Center for electrochemical energy storage. This center, on the one hand, is involved in basic research in the field of electrochemistry, and on the other – engaged in creation of modern, cheaper energy storage devices with higher energy density. The major role of the project is devoted to stationary storage systems, which can comply with the demands of the energy generation grids, providing load leveling and improving power quality and reliability.

Philipp Khaitovich, grant by Russian Science Foundation on the topic: Organization of neuronal response mechanisms in primate, rodent and invertebrate brain. Philipp joined Skoltech as a professor at the Bio Medicine initiative, his laboratory is involved in investigation of molecular features specific to humans, through integrative analysis of genetic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic data measured in modern and archaic humans, as well as closely related mammalian species: chimpanzees, macaques and mice. This project is devoted to recent insights into uniquely human features of brain development and brain organization, as well as a hidden link between brain and muscle evolution.

Ivan Oseledets, grant by Russian Foundation for Basic Research on the topic: Methods for solving integral and differential equations on the ultrafine grids of the special structure. Professor Ivan is the head of Skoltech Scientific Computing group and his project is devoted to the development of the new generation of numerical methods for solving partial differential and integral equations in complex domains. In this project, he is using very fine logically rectangular grids and tensor approximation methods, which would be much simpler to adapt to the particular problem, while having the same complexity as the best methods in the fields (i.e., hp-methods, multiscale finite elements).

Igor Ostanin, grant by Russian Foundation for Basic Research on the topic: Non-local methods of modeling physical media. Another project of Scientific Computing Group.

Yuri Kostyukevich, grant by Russian Foundation for Basic Research on the topic: The development of new approaches to structural studies of biological macromolecules on the basis of ion- molecule reactions in the gas phase at atmospheric pressure and mass spectrometry of ultrahigh resolution. Research group, led by Evgeny Nikolaev is the world leader in mass spectrometry of ultra-high resolution. Yuri, as a research scientist of this group, has found a way to replace molecules of mobile hydrogen atoms with deuterium atoms during the ionization process, that allows to obtain structural information very fast. This method can be applied in the structural proteomics, particularly for monomers location in non-covalent binding protein complexes.

Evgeny Klimuk, grant by Russian Foundation for Basic Research on the topic:  The study of the regulation of gene expression of restriction-modification Kpn2I. This project was developed at Skoltech Center of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, by Eugeny Klimuk jointly with Professor Konstantin Severinov. It has been demonstrated, that the regulation of gene expression in this system is unique and distinct from all previously described mechanisms of regulation of restriction-modification systems.

Skoltech congratulates all the winners and project managers with such outstanding successful results and wishes them its successful implementation!

By: Alina Chernova

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

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