Iryna Shnitsar


College / University

The University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (UKMA)

Highest Degree

Master of Science

Major Subjects

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology




Lab Experience

Basic techniques in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, and cell culture

Projects / Research

  • 06/2003 – 04/2004: Characterization of monoclonal antibodies against human beta-defensin-2 (hBD-2) antimicrobial peptide; protein-protein interaction studies of hBD-2 targets in eukaryotic cells.
  • 10/2002 – 03/2003: Purification of recombinant hbD-2 from E. coli cultures and study of its antimicrobial activities; investigation of anti-hBD-2 antibody levels in the sera of cancerous patients. With relevant contributions to Exp Oncol (2002) 124: 36-41 and Exp Oncol (2003) 126: 40-42.
  • 09/2001 – 09/2002: Participation in a study of defensin genes expression in human tumors.

Scholarships / Awards

2005 – 2006: Stipend International Max Planck Research School


Signal transduction and changes in gene expression during the processes of organism's development. Spatial organization of cells and its role in cell functioning. differentiation and malignant transformation processes. Cell signaling and the role of protein modifications (sumoylation, mono-ubiquitinilation, ADP-ribosylation) in it. Development of new methods, allowing us to study the cell as a holistic and highly organized system.