Alexandra Kolodyazhnaya


College / University

Novosibirsk State University

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science (study program Cytology and Genetics)

Major Subjects

Biology, Cytology and Genetics



Russian Federation

Lab Experience

Drosophila stocks maintenance, specimen preparation, immunostaining, fluorescence in situ hybridisation, PCR, DNA probe labelling, plasmid cloning. Human cell cultivation, bacterial cells cultivation, manipulations with plants and aphids, agrobacterium infiltration, western-blot, plant-mediated RNAi. Python (basic level), Linux (basic).

Projects / Research

  • 2017 – 2020: “Effects of Mutations in the Drosophila melanogaster Rif1 Gene on the Replication and Underreplication of Pericentromeric Heterochromatin in Salivary Gland Polytene Chromosomes”. Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Russia
  • 2018: “Aphid-plant interactions”, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
  • 2017: “Optimizing conditions for the high-throughput screening by sequencing (HiTSeq) experiment”. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, USA

Scholarships / Awards

2020 – 2021: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School.
2016 – 2017: Grant of the President of Russian Federation for individuals with outstanding abilities
2017: Zimin Foundation SMTB Alumni Summer Research Programme scholarship


My current research interest lies in the field of interactions between organisms. I believe that as each organism is the collection of the symbiotic and parasitic species which live inside and on its surface, our future is to manage the communities of co-existing organisms. We can and should use them as tools in healthcare, agriculture and many other spheres of life.