ITMO National Research University (ITMO University)

Post-doctoral Researcher (DNA nanotechnology, gene therapy)

ITMO National Research University (ITMO University)

St. Petersburg, Russia

Post-doctoral researcher


  • A recent Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Biology or related disciplines;
  • At least 3 Scopus/Web of Science publications in the last 2 years;
  • Strong leadership skills;
  • Strong hands-on experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, nucleic acid chemistry or related areas.
  • By the end of the postdoctoral training the post-doctoral researcher is expected to pursue his independent research career.

Work tasks:

Postdocs are expected to contribute to the research held in the hosting Unit by active cooperation with its staff, writing and publishing articles on the topic of collaborative scientific work, and sharing their experience with students.

Our main research areas are:

  • sensors and the test systems for point-of-care (POC) diagnosis of human infections;
  • DNA nano-machines for cancer gene therapy;
  • smart DNA nano-structures for anti-influenza virus therapy;
  • DNA nano-machines for double stranded DNA cleavage and genetic engineering.

The international laboratory Solution Chemistry of Advanced Materials and Technologies is a leading materials science and biology laboratory at ITMO University. The laboratory has strong international collaboration with leading scientific groups in the Netherlands, Canada, Israel, Portugal, Sweden and Germany. The laboratory’s main areas of focus are the development of nanomaterials and nanocomposites for biomedical applications, optics and electronics. We are looking for new concepts and ideas to address current technological and scientific problems while carrying out world-class research.

The group of molecular robotics and sensing materials aims at developing functional DNA nanostructures to diagnose and combat human diseases.

We have significant scientific resources and international level achievements proven by publications in high-impact journals.

  1. Fedotova T. A. Kolpashchikov D. M. (2017) Liquid-to-Gel Transition for Visual and Tactile Detection of Biological Analytes. Chem. Commun. (Camb.), 53, 12622 – 12625.
  1. Bakshi S.F., Guz N., Zakharchenko A., Deng H., Tumanov A., Woodworth C. D., Minko S., Kolpashchikov D. M., Katz E. (2017) Magnetic Field-Activated Sensing of mRNA in Living Cells. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139, 12117-12120.
  1. Kamar O., Sun S. C., Lin C. H., Chung W. Y., Lee M. S., Liao Y. C., Kolpashchikov D. M., Chuang M. C. (2017) A mutation-resistant deoxyribozyme OR gate for highly selective detection of viral nucleic acids. Chem. Commun. (Camb.), 53, 10592-10595.

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Post-doctoral Researcher (DNA nanotechnology, gene therapy)