Joint Master with the University of Genoa

For over five years Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Biology is collaborating with the University of Genoa in implementing double-degree program in Nanobiotechnology. The program has been founded by Claudio Nicolini, honoris causa Professor of Moscow University and Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Dean of the Faculty of Biology Professor Mikhail Kirpichnikov.

Successful experience of the Program enabled us to prepare and launch the novel Nanobiotechnology Master program in English. Although even now students of the Program shall be able to choose spending a semester in Genoa with no increase in tuition fees, both Universities announce a Joint Degree program to be opened in a year or two.

Here is a summary of Italian Program.

Principal Faculty and Key Courses in Nanobiotechnology

  1. Nanosystems and Nanodevices . Lectures. Goodilin EA
  2. Optical Microscopy . Lectures. Levin GG
  3. Biophysics of membrane processes . Lectures. Boulichev AA, Maksimov GV
  4. Molecular genomics and genetic engineering. Lectures. Eldar MA
  5. Nanostructured Materials . Lectures. Goodilin EA
  6. Nanosctructure Biosynthesis Lectures . Lectures. Zinovkin RA
  7. Membrane and Nuclear Medicine .  lectures of . Maksimov GV, Orlov SN, Lopina O.
  8. Bioinformatics . Lectures. Riznichenko GY, Sosnovtseva O.N.
  9. Structural and Functional proteomics . Lectures / Practical. Peshkova EA (Università degli Studi di Genova)
  10. NMR and molecular structure Investigation . Lectures / Practical. Pirogov Yu
  11. Physics of proteins and nucleic acid . Lectures / Practical. Finkelstein A, Lifshits MA
  12. Molecular modeling and molecular dynamics  . Lectures / Practical. Shaitan KV, Zlenko DV
  13. Molecular changes in hemoglobin and Structure and Function . Lectures / Practical. Loktyushkin AV
  14. Raman Spectroscopy in cell investigation . Lectures / Practical. Braze AN
  15. Methods in Raman spectroscopy image lectures, workshop . Lectures / Practical. Braze AR
  16. AFM and living cell nanostructures visualization . Lectures / Practical. Parshin EY
  17. Molecular mechanisms of cell anti-oxidation system. Lectures / Practical. Baijumanov AA
  18. Nanotechnology for alternative Energy sources . Lectures / Practical. Maksimov EG
  19. Molecular simulation in nanobiotechnology . Lectures / Practical. Zlenko DV
  20. Quantum dots in ion channel cell investigations. Lectures / Practical. Brindikova T.
  21. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance in biology . Lectures / Practical. Luneva OG
  22. Nanobiosensors  . Lectures / Practical. Semenova  A.

Master in Nanobiotechnology

Program title


Program level

Master (MSc)

Brief description

“Nanobiotechnology and Biophysics” is intended for prospective highly qualified professionals with in-depth knowledge in of modern biophysics, molecular biology and nanobiotechnology. After completing the course Master shall be able to put and solve problems related to fundamental theoretical and experimental research and applications in different areas of modern nanobiotechnology in a variety of objects (molecules, quantum dots, colloidal nanostructures, cells, biochips, crystals, etc.), and apply up-to-date methods of biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology and bioinformatics to obtain new knowledge and also to develop effective methodology. Our graduates shall have not only theoretical knowledge, but shall be fluent in modern physico-chemical and biotechnological methods, making use of precise methodology to effective gain signal and the spectral information from live cells. We also expect him/her to be well-aware of the principles of how biotech markets run.


The program is focused at problems of modern nanobiotechnology, biophysics and proteomics, and hence it consists of the two parts: lectures/seminars and laboratory work. The first part covers classical theory and methods (ASM, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, nuclear and electron paramagnetic resonance, etc). Particular attention is paid to novel nanotechnology-based methods for characterization of proteins, nucleic acids and their complexes. The second part deals with protein functioning and protein-protein interactions, quantitative and qualitative analysis of specific molecular groups and their effects on protein function in vitro and in silico.

Program duration

2 years, starting in October 2015

Program faculty

The Program involves about 30 professors and associate professors from Russia, the USA and Europe, most of them top scholars in their respective fields covering the whole range of Nanobiotechnology.


The course forms comprehensive knowledge of problems and prospective of modern nanobiotechnology and biophysics for progressive development of biosensors and functional  proteomics in the post-genomic era, and its biological and medical applications. Key courses shall be Nanosystems and Nanodevices; Optical Microscopy, Biophysics of membrane processes, Molecular Genomics and Gene Engineering, Nanostructured Materials,  Nanosctructure Biosynthesis,  Membrane and Nuclear Medicine,  Bioinformatics.Special attention is to be paid to growth points in nanobiotechnology, application of signaling molecules and cells to create high molecular diagnostic methods (plasmon resonance to enhance Raman scattering, obtaining structured nanoplate and crystals), production of instruments for monitoring the processing of bio-resources for health and environmental protection. Masters will be prepared for employment in the area of scientific research and higher education (biotechnology businesses, consulting companies and the pharmacological profile of nanobiotechnology) worldwide.


Knowledge of the physics of macromolecules, biophysics, biochemistry and computer databases. A Bachelor degree is required.


Applicants are invited to contact us by e-mail by May (


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