Laboratory for membrane transport and stress biology research


Shabala 2International Head

Dr. Sergei Shabala

Professor in Plant Physiology

Stress Physiology Research Group Leader

Co-Director Australia-China Research Centre for Plant Stress Biology

University of Tasmania

UrFU HeadKiseleva

Dr. Irina Kiseleva

Head of the Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

Institute of Natural Sciences

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For the first time in Russia, a MIFE-technology-based electrophysiological laboratory is created at UrFU for the broad use in biological, environmental and biotechnology research, opening the possibility of its further application in biomedical research.

The establishment of a new electrophysiological laboratory and its fitting with equipment that enables non-invasive measurement of transmembrane ion fluxes (the MIFE-technology) is an ambitious project led by professor Sergey Shabala (current H-index = 46).

mifeThe MIFE-laboratory studies the role of transmembrane ion fluxes in plant adaptation to oxidative stress induced by different stressors, including heavy metals; identifying key membrane transporters mediating ROS signaling and plant resistance. It will also be involved in projects on screening terrestrial and aquatic species from the habitats with different level of toxic load to identify genotypes resistant to stressors using MIFE-technology.

At least 10 specialists in the field of MIFE-technology will be prepared through graduate studies, training courses and internships.

“When I was doing my PhD in plant electrophysiology in mid-80ies, the Ural State University was one of the leading institutions in the field at that time, so I used some papers produced by University researchers as a “blueprint” for my own work. Now I am very happy to have an opportunity to “resurrect” these traditions and bring membrane transport biology research at UrFU to its former glory, using modern technology platforms and my own expertise and intensive international collaborations.”

Dr. Sergey Shabala

My UrFU colleagues have ample expertise in plant physiology and, specifically, in the field of oxidative stress signalling and tolerance (where my own strengths are). Our skills and expertise are highly complementary and, thus, will undoubtedly benefit the field.”

Dr. Sergey Shabala