Lobachevsky University graduate Marina Shirmanova wins the Presidential Prize in Science and Innovation
On February 4, President Vladimir Putin signed Executive Order On Awarding the 2019 Presidential Prize in Science and Innovation for Young Scientists. According to the document, one of the winners of the award is Marina Shirmanova, PhD in Biology, Deputy Director for Research at the Research Institute of Experimental Oncology and Biomedical Technologies of Privolzhsky Medical Research University. Marina Shirmanova is a graduate of the UNN Faculty of Biology and a pupil of a renowned biomedicine expert, Acting Rector of Lobachevsky University Elena Zagaynova.
"This year, a prize of the President of the Russian Federation is awarded to Marina Shirmanova, a young biologist from Nizhny Novgorod. Her work is focused on the study of tumors and is aimed at the prevention and treatment of oncological diseases. It is very important that this work has involved joint efforts of biologists, physicists, chemists and biotechnologists. Due to this cooperation, fundamental knowledge was combined with the possibility of visual diagnosis and opened new prospects for research", - said Elena Zagaynova. Young scientist Marina Shirmanova was awarded the prize for achievements in the study of oncological processes using the methods of _in vivo_ fluorescent bioimaging. The award ceremony will be held in the Moscow Kremlin on February 6, on the eve of the Day of Russian Science celebrated on February 8.
Marina Shirmanova graduated with honours from the UNN Faculty of Biology in 2005 specializing in biophysics. In 2009, she defended her PhD thesis in biophysics and animal physiology. In 2006, she began working at the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy as a junior researcher in the biophotonics group. Currently, she is Deputy Director for Research at the Research Institute of Experimental Oncology and Biomedical Technologies of Privolzhsky Medical Research University. Since 2013, she has been heading the Laboratory of Individual Cancer Chemotherapy at the same Research Institute. Marina is the author of more than 90 research papers and 7 patents. Her scientific interests include research of oncological processes at different levels - from subcellular to the whole tumor - by non-invasive methods of fluorescent and phosphorescent bioimaging. Her research of recent years was focused on studying early response and mechanisms of tumor resistance to therapy.