Olena Zaitseva


College / University

“Kyiv-Mohyla academy” National University, Kiev

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Biology, Ecology




Lab Experience

Basic microbiology and cell biology techniques, molecular techniques (protein extraction and purification, gel electrophoresis, Western blot analysis, immunohistochemical analyses, PCR).

Projects / Research

  • Protein kinase D2, protein kinase Cβ and transcription factor IPO-38 as potential molecular markers of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Diploma research
  • 2011: Field research in the Ukrainian/Russian joint research project “Impact of invasion species in long-term changes of Black Sea bottom ecosystems“ as a volunteer-trainee (Crimean and Caucasian Black Sea coasts)
  • 2009 – 2010: Field research of bottom vegetation and benthic invertebrates at the offshore area of the Karadag Nature Reserve of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine as a volunteer-trainee

Scholarships / Awards

2011 – 2012: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School


I am fascinated by molecular biology because this science shows how interactions between small molecules may influence on global processes of the whole organism. My major interest is molecular cancer biology. In this field it is possible to investigate fundamental cell processes and simultaneously be involved in new medical techniques development. Besides this, I am interested in conservation biology, especially in application of molecular genetics methods for rare species investigation and conservation. Finally, I regularly participate in marine biology research as an Open Water Diver and hope to implement my future knowledge of molecular methods in this area as well.