Taras Velychko


College / University

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology




Lab Experience

Cell biology methods: mammalian cell culture, reprogramming to iPS cells and quantification of reprogramming efficiency, basic molecular cloning methods, RNA and DNA purification, retrovirus production, titration (using q-PCR) and transduction. Biochemical methods: enzyme immobilization, enzyme inhibition, evaluation of biosensor characteristics, determination of unknown concentrations via calibration curve and method of standard additions.

Projects / Research

  • 07/2015 – 09/2015, 07/2016 – 09/2016: Dissecting reprogramming determinants of Sox2 and Sox17. Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Münster, Germany
  • 09/2014 – 11/2014: Elaboration of a novel conductometric biosensor based on zeolite immobilized recombinant urease. Middle East Technical University Central Laboratory, Ankara, Turkey
  • 09/2012 – 06/2016: Development of enzyme conductometric biosensors for medical, research and ecological purposes (biosensors were based on following enzymes: acetylcholinesterase, butyrylcholinesterase and recombinant urease). Laboratory of Biomolecular Electronics, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Kyiv, Ukraine

Scholarships / Awards

2016 – 2017: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2016: FEBS Summer Fellowship
2012 – 2016: (5/8 semesters) Ukrainian State Scholarship for students with excellent studying achievements


I am interested in developmental and stem cell biology since this field of biomedical research holds a great potential for the future applications in regenerative and personalized medicine. My particular interest is the exploration of reprogramming transcription factors to better understand the process of cell fate conversion and to provide a foundation for further improvement of currently inefficient technology.