Institute of Biology Systems and Genetics

  • About institute

    LSMU Veterinarijos akademija
    Biologinių sistemų ir genetinių tyrimų institutas
    Adresas: MLK (Eivenių g. 4) ir VA 5 korpusas, (
    Tilžės g. 18), Kaunas
    Tel.
     (8 37) 327326, 327336, 363664, (vietinis – 5755, 5754, 156)
    El.paštas: rasa.ugenskiene@lsmuni.lt

    Kontaktai

     

    About the institute

    Institute of Biological Systems and Genetic Research – is an academic institution that combines high quality education and scientific research. The institute provides opportunities for studies, academic development and research work within a broad range of subjects of fundamental and applied sciences. Our scientists and staff work in a variety of different fields and academic disciplines, and the subjects taught in the University are carefully adapted to match the needs of all the faculties as well as to be compatible with thoroughly developed course programs and their requirements. The university provides its students with a high-standard theoretical and practical teaching of subjects such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, public health, veterinary medicine, medical and veterinary genetics, medical and veterinary biochemistry, animal husbandry technology and animal science.

    During the expansion of fundamental medical study programs, the Department of Biology was founded at the Faculty of medicine in 1950. Until 1964 it was headed by Prof. Tadas Ivanauskas (1882 – 1970), who was educated in world-famous academic institutions in Sorbonne and St. Petersburg, and whose name is well-known both in Lithuania and abroad for great breakthroughs and achievements in biological science. One of the most important professor’s monographs, the Birds of Lithuania and Birds of the World was published during the period of him working for the Department of Biology. The professor conducted lectures in zoology and evolution science, and emphasized the importance of the science of genetics. In 1964 – 1969 the Department was headed by Assoc. Prof. M. Venclauskas. Assoc. Prof. M. Venclauskas nurtured new Biophysical methods in the activities of the Institute of Medicine, was one of the founders of the Central Science Research Laboratory (later known as the Institute of Biomedical Research), who also was a head of the Biophysics Section. In 1969 – 1983 the Department was headed by Assoc. Prof. J. Lapinskaitė. She continued the work begun by Prof. T. Ivanauskas, and completed the formation of basic biology study courses. In 1983 – 2009 the Department was headed by Prof. A. Bertulis. In 2008 the Institute of Biology was formed on the basis of the Department of Biology. In 1967 the Visual Neurophysiology research group was established at the Department. The group was headed by Prof. A Bertulis, who completed an internship and worked at the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, and the University of Copenhagen. The Visual Neurophysiology Laboratory, headed by Prof. A. Bulatov, was founded at the Institute of Biology. In 2009 – 2011 the Institute of Biology was headed by Prof. A. Bulatov. In 2011 the Institute of Biology, the Breeding and Genetics Department of the Lithuanian Veterinary Academy, and Dr. K. Janušauskas’ Animal Genetics Laboratory were joined and reformed into the Biologycal Systems and Genetic Research Institute, During the period  of 2011-2016 the Institute was headed by Prof. Ilona Teodora Miceikienė, who also was the head of the Animal Breeding and Genetics Department of Lithuanian Veterinary Academy in 2001-2011.  Since October 2016 the Institute is headed by Doc., Dr. Rasa Ugenskienė.

  • Research

    Genetics and the neurophysiology of vision are the main areas of research in the institute.  Research is carried out in three scientific structural units, these are; Dr. K. Janušauskas’ Laboratory of Genetics, Scientific Twin Center, and the Laboratory of Neurophysiology of Vision.  

    Dr. K. Janušauskas’ Laboratory of Genetics. In 1987 in the Lithuanian Veterinary Academy its Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics a laboratory of Animal Cytogenetics was founded and in 1997 a new division – Molecular Genetics of Animal - was established. The founder of the laboratory and the patriarch of genetic research of farm animals in Lithuania was Assoc. Prof. K. Janušauskas (1939-1999). In 2000 the laboratory was named after the professor, under whose initiative Cytogenetical and Molecular Genetics research of farm animals were started in Lithuania, a DNA bank of farm animals was created and research of native Lithuanian farm animals and birds began. Prof. K. Janušauskas headed the laboratory from 1987 up to 1999. Since 1999 the head of laboratory is Prof. Dr. Ilona Miceikiene. In 2011, after joining the Medical and Veterinary academies, Dr. K. Janušauskas’ Animal Genetics Laboratory was incorporated into the Institute of Biological Systems and Genetic Research. The research field of the Laboratory and its main focus areas are fundamental research, service, education, consultation. The mission is to help increase the selection effectiveness, animal productivity, quality of milk and meat, test animal and human genetic diseases, perform parentage verification and traceability of milk and meat by using new molecular technologies – marker assisted selection and genomic selection; and also to gather and conserve genetic material in DNA bank. The laboratory is equipped with highest quality molecular and cytogenetic technology. Recently research has started in searching markers for obesity and milk ability as well as a project for application of genomic selection to increase milk and beef cattle breeding value.

    Scientific Twin Center – in 1970 at the Department of Biology of Kaunas Medical Institute a laboratory of cytogenetic was founded. The laboratory was headed by Prof. A. Sinkus, who interned and worked in Vienna and Ulm Universities. His work became widely known and acknowledged in other countries. In 2004 the Twin Center was established on the basis of the Department of Biology. This center is for genetic research, study and service. It is a functional unit of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences,  which also includes the following departments;  Institute of Biological Systems and Genetic research, Orthodontic Clinic, Institute of Endocrinology, Diabetes mellitus laboratory, Laboratory of Cardiovascular research Automation in Cardiology Institute and Gastroenterology Clinic. At the Twin Center the heritability of multifactorial pathology is tested by the twin method.

    From 2011 to 2016 the head of Biology Systems and Genetic Research Institute – Prof. I.T.Miceikienė – also was the head of the Scientific Twin Center. Since November 2016 the Twin Center is being coordinated by lecturer Loreta Šalomskienė.

     

  • Studies

    Studies conducted at the institute belong to fundamental and applicable disciplines of biomedical area, which form university worldview. Studies at the Institute performed in Lithuanian and English. More than 70 different subjects are taught covering genetics, biology, parasitology, vision physiology fields for all bachelor study programs students. Courses in master programs, doctoral and residents study programs also take place in the institute. Institute tutors Medicine and veterinary genetics bachelor and Veterinary genetics resident programs. Institute scientists participated in preparation and started teaching in several new study programs: Medicine and veterinary biochemistry, Health Psychology, ect.

    New modern genetic laboratory was established at the institute in 2011 for students to reveal practical skills. In scientific laboratories students get practical skills and perform minor research projects. Also they get transferable skills that they can widely use studying   other courses.

  • Contacts

    Institute of Biology Systems and Genetic Research

    Address: MLK (Eivenių st. 4) and VA Building No. 5, (Tilžės st. 18), Kaunas LT – 47181;

    Tel. (8 37) 327326, 327336, 363664, (internal – 5755, 5754, 156);

    E-mail: rasa.ugenskiene@lsmuni.lt

     

    Head of Biology Systems and Genetic Research Institute

    Rasa Ugenskienė

    Assoc. Prof., dr

    Phone (370 37) 327336 (Internal – 5754); 363664, (internal – 156)

    E-mail.: rasa.ugenskiene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 433; VA Building No. 5, Room No.104                                                                                      

     

    Irena Lašienė

    Administrator of studies  

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5755)

    E-mail.: irena.lasiene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 403

     

    Irena Andriuškevičiūtė

    Assoc. Prof., dr

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5755)

    E-mail.: irena.andriuskeviciute@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 407                                                                                        

     

    Arūnas Bielevičius

    Assoc. Prof., dr

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5755)                                                                                

    E-mail.: arunas.bielevicius@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 402

     

    Aleksandr Bulatov

    Professor, habil. dr.

    Phone (8- 37) 327326 (Internal – 5755)

    E-mail: aleksandr.bulatov@lsmuni.lt

    Room No. MKL 404 

     

    Natalija Bulatova

    Assoc. Prof., dr.

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5650)

    E-mail.: natalija.bulatova@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 436

     

    Irena Česnavičienė

    Assistant

    Phone (370 37)327326 (Internal –5649)                                                                                      

    E-mail.: irena.cesnaviciene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK,Room No. 405

     

    Lina Kajokienė

    Lecturer, dr.                                                                                               

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5755)

    E-mail.: lina.kajokiene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 405

     

    Edita Kuncevičienė

    Assistant

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5755)

    E-mail.: edita.kunceviciene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 530

     

    Laimutis Kučinskas

    Lecturer, dr.                                                                                                                                        

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5755)

    E-mail.: laimutis.kucinskas@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 530

     

    Gita Lašienė

    Technician

    Phone (370 37) 363664 (Internal – 156)                                                                                     

    E-mail.: gita.lasiene@lsmuni.lt

    VA 5, Room No. 103

     

    Jelena Loginovič

    Lecturer                                                                                                                 

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5650)

    E-mail.: jelena.loginovic@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 436

     

    Natalja Makštutienė

    Assoc. Prof., dr

    Phone (370 37) 363664 (Internal – 157)

    E-mail: natalja.makstutiene@lsmuni.lt

    VA 5, Room No. 105

     

    Silvija Malčiauskienė

    Technician

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal  – 5755)

    E-mail.: silvija.malciauskiene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 403

     

    Alina Marandykina-Prakienė

    Lecturer, dr.            

    Phone (370 37)363664 (Internal – 156)           

    E-mail.: alina.marandykina@lsmuni.lt

    VA 5, Room No. 102

     

    Ilona Teodora Miceikienė

    Professor, dr., senior researcher

    Phone (370 37) 363664 (Internal – 155)

    E-mail.: ilona.miceikiene@lsmuni.lt

    VA 5, Room No. VA5 101

     

    Lina Mickienė

    Assoc. Prof., dr

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5649)

    E-mail.: lina.mickiene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 405 

     

    Ramutė Mišeikienė 

    Assoc. Prof., dr

    Phone (370 37) 363664 (Internal - 157)

    E-mail.: ramute.miseikiene@lsmuni.lt

    VA 5, Room No. 105

     

    Kristina Morkūnienė

    Lecturer

    Phone (370 37) 363664 (Internal – 156)

    E-mail.: kristina.morkuniene@lsmuni.lt

    VA 5, Room No. 103

     

    Nijolė Pečiulaitienė

    Assoc. Prof., dr

    Phone (370 37) 363664 (Internal - 156)

    E-mail.: nijole.peciulaitiene@lsmuni.lt

    VA 5, Room No. 103

     

    Petras Prakas

    Lecturer, dr.

    Phone (370 37)363664 (Internal – 156)                                                                                     

    E-mail.: petras.prakas@lsmuni.lt

    VA 5, Room No. 102

     

    Asta Raskilienė

    Assistant

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal - 5755)

    E-mail.: asta.raskiliene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 407

     

    Alina Smalinskienė

    Assoc. Prof., dr

    Phone (370 37) 372176 (Internal – 5652)

    E-mail.: alina.smalinskiene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 532

     

    Margarita Sriubienė

    Assistant, dr.                                                                                        

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5755)

    E-mail.: margarita.sriubiene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 530

     

    Albina  Stankūnienė

    Senior technician

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5755)

    E-mail.: albina.stankuniene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 403

     

    Aurelija Šalomskienė

    Senior technician                                                                                                    

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal - 5755)

    E-mail.: aurelija.salomskiene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 407

     

    Loreta Šalomskienė

    Lecturer, dr.                                                                                                

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5755)

    E-mail.: loreta.salomskiene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 407

     

    Paulina Vaitkienė

    Lecturer, dr.                

    Phone (370 37) 363664 (Internal - 156)

    E-mail.: paulina.vaitkiene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 530

                  

    Aleksandr Bulatov                                                                                                                                                                            Laboratory of Neurophysiology of Vision                                                                                                          

    Senior Researcher, habil. dr. 

    Phone (8- 37) 327326 (Internal – 5755)

    E-mail: aleksandr.bulatov@lsmuni.lt

    Room No. MKL 404 

                                             

    Tadas Surkys

    Laboratory of Neurophysiology of Vision                                                                        

    Researcher, dr.          

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5755)

    E-mail.: tadas.surkys@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 409

     

    Renata Bižienė

    Dr. K. Janušauskas’ Laboratory  of Genetics

    Junior researcher, dr.

    Phone (370 37) 363664 (Internal – 156)                                                                               

    E-mail.: renata.biziene@lsmuni.lt

    VA 5, Room No. 103

     

    Ilona Teodora Miceikienė                                                                                                                          

    Dr. K. Janušauskas’ Laboratory  of Genetics

    Senior researcher, dr.

    Phone (370 37) 363664 (Internal – 155)

    E-mail.: ilona.miceikiene@lsmuni.lt

    VA 5, Room No. VA5 101

     

    Scientific Twin Center  

    Phone (370 37) 327326 (Internal – 5755)                                                                                                  

    (370 37) 372176 (Internal – 5652)

    Mobile phone 370 612 72018

    E-mail.: loreta.salomskiene@lsmuni.lt

    MLK, Room No. 531