Visiting fellow: Biotechnology

(06-01-2020) Dr. Alexey Yashchenok, Skolkovo Institute of Science & Technology, visiting fellow at the department of Biotechnology (Prof. Andre Skirtach)

Dr. Alexey Yashchenok obtained his PhD degree in Physics from Saratov State University in 2007. He met professor Skirtach at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Germany. He joined the Center for Photonics and Quantum Materials at Skoltech as a  leading research scientist in 2017. His work is focused on biophysics, synthesis and self-assembly of multifunctional stimuli responsive nanostructured materials for sensing, drug delivery and therapy, fluorescent and Raman microscopy, diagnostic and imaging methods for biomedical applications.

Dr. Yashchenok: “Ghent University, particularly the Nano- Biotechnology (NBT) group at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering headed by Prof. Skirtach, is developing innovative approaches by combining material sciences, engineering and photonics with those in biology and bio-engineering. The unit uses state-of-the art equipment such as fluorescent and atomic-force microscopy and label-free Raman micro spectroscopy. In addition, the research unit is an integral part of the Multidisciplinary Research Platforms (MRP) Nano-Bio-Photonics applying newly developed photonics technologies in life sciences. During my research stay I was engaged in the fabrication of nanostructured sensors based on hydrogel and silver nanoparticles. I performed a set of measurements to determine sensors efficiency and performance. The preliminary results showed that this type of sensors can be used for cell cultivation, which is particularly attractive for in-situ probing of cell metabolites, such as cytokines, exosomes, etc.  The plan is to continue cooperation in the direction of the development of anisotropic porous microparticles, a platform for delivery of therapeutic enzymes and platforms for enhancement label-free sensing. This has been recently reflected in an application of a joint research project for receiving funding from the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and the Russian Science Foundation (RSF).”