Professor Eugene Nikolaev
Professor Christoph H. Borchers
Assistant Professor Yury Kostyukevich
Mass spectrometry is the most powerful method for the determination of molecular composition of organic samples. Mass spectrometry allos detecting thousands of small molecules, proteins and lipids in human body, bio-active compounds in plants, major components of petroleum and ecosystem metabolites in the environment. Detection of doping in athletes blood, determination of drugs and toxins in forensics are mainly based on mass spectrometry.
We are leading group in the development and application of mass-spectrometrical techniques and we invite a motivated students and young scientists to to work and/or prepare MS (Ph.D.) thesis in our lab.
You will learn how to dissect mice, slice brain samples, obtain molecular image(how different molecules are distributed in brain tissue) using high resolution mass spectrometry and how to process data. You will work with samples of brain tumor and will be able to develop methods for distinguishing between different types of cancer. The project is supported by RFBR and RSF.
Mass spectrometry enables detection of numerous biomarkers in human blood. You will learn how to extract those biomarkers (proteins, lipids, metabolites), how to identify them and how to use this information to determine or to predict diseases.
You will participate in the simulation and development of the “made in Russian” mass spectrometer for the space missions. You will learn computer simulation of scientific equipment, 3D printing technologies, development of electronic components, signal detection and processing.
You will work with crude oil, shale oil, asphaltenes and biofuel. You will master in sample treatment and mass-spectrometrical data visualisation like Kendrick and Van Krevelen diagrams(2D projection of mass spectra containing hundred thousands of peaks), you will be able to develop methods for predicting oil quality and distinguish oils from different deposits.
Extraterrestrial objects carry traces of organic matter which was produced in unusual chemical environment. You will have a chance to discover aliens or extraterrestiral life at least :):):)
Archeology is the new field for mass spectrometry. You will work with samples of Egypt mummies, ancient ceramics. the goal is the identification of balsamic materials, traces of wine and food. Discover hystory with mass-spectrometrUse of armature robotics for development of novel ion sources and analysis approaches for the mass spectrometry.
Armature robotics (Arduino etc) is the excellent tool for fast prototyping of scientific equipment. If you like working with you hands but don’t want to build yet another robot, you are welcome. You will be able to develop things that works in combination with expensive and complicated equipment and provide world class quality results.
Molecular composition of environmental objects is the major indicatorof the carbon cycle sustainability. You will deal with isolation of natural samples from water, soils and coal. You will learnsample treatment, mass-spectrometry and data evaluation techniques.
Mass-spectrometry has become an indispensable tool in structural researches of organic compounds and monitoring of chemical reaction in real-time. You will master in isotopic labeling techniques coupled to mass-spectrometry, basics of chemical reactions and identification of reaction products using high resolution mass spectrometry
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