Institute of Biosciences carries out research in the fields of molecular and systems biology of living organisms as well as biodiversity, population and ecosystems. The staff of the institute is responsible for all bachelor and master degree study programmes, also for doctoral degree study programmes of Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Zoology, Ecology and environmental reseach.
The institute consists of departments:
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Department has up to 50 years of experience in composing and implementing/managing educational programs as well as providing a learning environment for undergraduate and graduate studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and PhD studies in Biochemistry.
The research field of the Department, in overall approach, is studies of structure, functions and transformations of biomolecules in model and living systems. Our members are experts in molecular and cell biology of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, biochemistry of nucleic acids and proteins. Our specific research interests include cell death and its modulation, bacterial stress responses and pathogenesis, applied biosynthesis of nucleic acids, antivirals, membrane biochemistry, DNA-protein interactions, enzymatic catalysis and conversion of biomass. The Department has facilities for cell imaging and functional analysis, experimental research of NA and proteins, chemical analysis of biological compounds.
Head of department:
Prof. Edita Sužiedėlienė
Department of Neurobiology and Biophysics
The Department provides an excellent education and research on the functions of the nervous systems with the help of animal models, plant cells and studies of human cognition. There are 42 faculty members, among them are two Lithuanian Science Award winners - Prof. Osvaldas Ruksenas and Prof. Aidas Alaburda, as well as 21 PhD student.
We offer undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes in Neurobiology and Biophysics as well as PhD in Biophysics. The department focuses on topical neuroscience themes: psychiatric disorders, cognition, electrophysiology, psychophysics, electrical signaling in plants and animal cells. We invite you to explore and learn more about our exciting research teams.
Head of department:
Prof. Osvaldas Rukšėnas
Department of Zoology
Head of department:
Prof. Rimantas Rakauskas
Staff of the Department of Zoology constitutes 3 professors, 8 associate professors, 3 lecturers, 1 senior research worker, 4 technians, and 4 PhD students. On the average, 15 undergraduate and 5 postgraduate students present their final theses at the department per year.
Zoology department ensures teaching General biology, Invertebrate and Vertebrate zoology, Developmental biology, Hydrobiology, Evolution, Animal ecology, Soil biology, Phylogeny and taxonomy, Zoogeography, Histology and several selective courses both for national and Erasmus students.
The ongoing research of our team concerns insects (Diptera: Tipulomorpha; Hemiptera, Sternorrhycha: Aphididoidea and Adelgoidea), spiders, slugs (Mollusca: Gastropoda), freshwater fishes, birds of prey and owls, black storks. Research topics include taxonomy and systematics (including morphological and molecular methods based on the material from different parts of the World), distribution, ecology and economic importance, monitoring of local faunas in protected areas of Lithuania (Cepkeliai, Kamanos and Viesvile State Strict Nature Reserves; Aukstaitija, Dzukija, the Curonian Spit, and Zemaitija National Parks; Zuvintas Biosphere Reserve, and other protected areas).
Hydrobiology, Ichthyology: Prof. K. Arbačiauskas, assoc. prof. V. Rakauskas, E. Bukelskis, A. Kaupinis,
Ornithology: Assoc. prof. E. Bukelskis, lect. S. Skuja, PhD student A. Kamarauskaite
Malacology: Assoc. prof. G. Skujienė, PhD student M. Adomaitis
Entomology: Prof. S. Podėnas, Assoc. Prof. V. Podėnienė, R. Bernotienė, A. Petrašiūnas, PhD student I. Gorban (Diptera); Prof. R. Rakauskas, Assoc. Prof. J. Turčinavičienė, senior researcher J. Havelka, PhD student J. Danilov (Hemiptera); dr. Marija Biteniekyte (spiders).
Equipment and laboratories
Department operates one training class (20 working places equipped with microscopes and proper accessories) and 5 research laboratories including equipment for dissection and histological analysis (microtome), climatic animal breeding chamber, interactive microscope measurement systems, molecular research (DNA extraction and amplification).
Ongoing Research Projects
Endemic species of Korea. National institute of biological resources (NIBR), South Korea. 2013–2018.
Biodiversity and ecological pecularities of aphid species (Hemiptera: Adelgidae, Lachnidae) inhabiting coniferous host plants in Central Europe. Research Council of Lithuania reg. No P-MIP-17-365. 2017–2020