TSU will train chemists for biomedicine

30 June 2016

Tomsk State University has begun a new admission to the cross-disciplinary Master's programme Translational Chemical and Biomedical Technologies, which has no direct analogues in Russia.

The new educational programme will prepare professionals in the development of new chemicals and materials for biomedical applications, modern diagnostic and therapeutic methods and means. It is implemented on the basis of the Laboratory for Translational Cell and Molecular Biomedicine, which was established at TSU two years ago.

- This expert knows not only how to get the new material, but also has an idea of what is happening with this material in the body and which processes can be run at the level of the immune system. Such specialist knows which substances can be used as components for new materials, and which absolutely cannot be used because they are dangerous to humans, - says Irina Kurzina, head of the Laboratory for Translational Cell and Molecular Biomedicine.

Similar graduate programmes exist abroad and are very popular, despite their high tuition fees, because people understand that the future belongs to interdisciplinary specialties, and are ready to invest money.

The programme of the Heidelberg University (Germany), a long-standing partner of TSU, was taken as a sample. But TSU filled it with the courses on the preparation of biologically active compounds, the chemical basics of molecular biology and genetic engineering, chemical engineering in medicine, as well as the basics of marketing in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and others. More than half of the training courses planned to be by choice, which means that each graduate student will be able to choose an individual educational trajectory. Among the teachers are Doctors of Chemical, Biological and Medical Sciences, medical practitioners, Russian and international experts.

Not only laboratories of the Faculty of Chemistry with their fundamental research in synthesis of new materials, including biocompatible, will become a platform for specialist training, but also Cancer Research Institute of RAMS and Research Institute of Cardiology of RAMS, where Master’s students will take practice to prepare Master's thesis. In addition, the partners of the programme are the Heidelberg University (Germany) http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/index_e.html , University of Münster (Germany) https://www.uni-muenster.de/en/, Companies MakroTehoHG, Münster, Germany, Leiden University (Netherlands) http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en, which will allow students to take internships in international universities and research centres.

The planning budget places admission is 10 people; it is also scheduled an admission on commercial basis. Detailed information on the conditions of admissions and contact details are available on the websitehttp://ib.tsu.ru/en/education.html