Olena Steshenko


College / University

National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects





Lab Experience

Major techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology

Projects / Research

  • 2005 – 2008: Biochemical approach in development of stomach ulcer, immunological aspect of this disease, several enzymes (2’,5’-OAS, ODK) and SH-radicals, as markers of functional state of immune system during stomach ulcer (Bachelor's thesis)
  • 07/2007 – 10/2007: Investigation of the impact of heavy-metal doted technical nanoparticles to embryos of zebrafish, influence of nanoparticles on the expression of several genes (mmp9, mmp13, ABCB1) – project in UFZ Leipzig-Halle (Germany)
  • 03/2008 – 04/2008: Research of impact of medicine on the zebrafish – project in University of Konstanz (Germany)

Scholarships / Awards

2008 – 2009: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2007: DAAD scholarship for young researchers


I am interested in multidrug resistance of cancer cells, causing by family of ABC-transporters and apoptosis, causing by 2’,5’-OAS and ODK dysfunction in cells. In my opinion, molecular biology as well as biochemistry are called to find a rescue from scourge illness of our century – AIDS, cancer, multiply sclerosis, Alzheimer disease, etc. I am concerned with two of them – cancer and MS. My goal is to obtain a deeper understanding in the molecular basis of these processes and thus be equipped to develop new therapeutic approaches for these diseases.