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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

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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.