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SERHIY KOMISARENKO

Academician-secretary of the Division of Biochemistry, Physiology and Molecular Biology of NAS of Ukraine; director of the Palladin Institute of Biochemistry of NAS of Ukraine

Degrees, titles and honours: Doctor of Medicine with distinction (1966), PhD in Biochemistry (1970), Doctor of Sciences in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (1989), Professor of Biochemistry (1989), Corresponding member of Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (1990), Full Member (academician) of Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences (1991), Full Member (academician) of Ukrainian National Academy of Medical Sciences (1993). Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

, State Order of "Yaroslav the Wise" (V degree-2005), State Order of "Merit" (III degree-1996, II degree-1998), Honorary Doctor of Sciences: Kingston University (1997) and North London University (1997), , Honorary Professor of Odessa National University (2010), Honorary Member of the Polish Biochemical Society (2011). Ukrainian State Award (1979), O.V. Palladin Award in Biochemistry winner (2003), I.I. Mechnikov Award in Immunology winner (2011).

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As a scholar (in Biochemistry and Immunochemistry) 

Degrees, titles and honours:           Doctor of Medicine with distinction (1966), PhD in Biochemistry (1970), Ukrainian State Award (1979), Doctor of Sciences in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (1989), Professor of Biochemistry (1989), Corresponding member of Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (1990), Full Member (academician) of Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences (1991), Full Member (academician) of Ukrainian Academy of Medical Sciences (1993), State Order of "Yaroslav the Wise" (V degree-2005), State Order of "Merit" (III degree-1996, II degree-1998), Honorary Doctor of Sciences: Kingston University (1997) and North London University (1997), Palladin Award in Biochemistry winner (2003), Honorary Professor of Odesa National University (2010).

Occupation: Junior scientific researcher in the Institute of Biochemistry of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kyiv (1969-1972); Scientific Secretary of the Institute (1972-1974); Head, Laboratory of Immunochemistry (1975-1982); Head, Department of Molecular Immunology (1982-1989); Director, Palladin Institute of Biochemistry, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kyiv (1989-1992), Deputy Chairman of Council of Ministers of Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine responsible for humanitarian sector: health care, culture, education, science, social security, etc. (1990-1992); Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Kingdom (1992-1998), Ambassador of Ukraine in Ireland (simultaneously, 1995-1998). Director, Palladin Institute of Biochemistry, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, Kyiv (since May 1998). Academician-Secretary and member of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (since April 2004).

His main scientific interests are in immunochemical analysis of peptide and protein antigenic structure. He is founder of molecular immunology studies in Ukraine. He and his team were the first in the former USSR to implement immunoenzyme methods, monoclonal antibody technique as well as flow cytofluorimetry in research.

S. Komisarenko and his pupils studied extensively the biological activity of phosphor organic compounds - phosphonates and as a result the immunomodulating and anti-tumour activity of some bisphosphonic acids’ derivatives was found. Among other results also obtained were: the establishment of antigenic structure of neurotoxin apamin, of cytochrome c, of acetyl-choline receptor, of some peptides and proteins of blood-clotting system. He studied the role of calcium, cyclic nucleotides and protein kinases in lymphocyte activation etc.

He was the Head of Ukrainian Scientific Immunology Programme (1978-1985) and under his guidance in 1986-1988 it was found that low-dose radiation after Chernobyl fall-out caused dramatic decrease in natural killer cells number and in their activity in humans. This immune suppression he named “Chernobyl AIDS”.

Professor Komisarenko was lecturing in 1970-1971 in Kiev Medical Institute (practical course of Biochemistry); in 1976-1984 in T.G.Shevchenko Kiev State University (lecture course of Immunochemistry); in 1982-1991 in Kiev Branch of Moscow Physico-Technical Institute (lecture course of Molecular Immunology). In 2000 he founded the Biotechnology Branch of Biochemistry Department of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University. As a visiting scientist he was working in Pasteur Institute in Paris (1974-1975) and in Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute in New York, USA (1981).

Sergiy Komisarenko is a member of the Council of International Society for Immunopharmacology (USA), Editor-in-chief "Ukrainian Biochemical Journal" (1989-1992 and since 1998) and “Biotechnology” (Ukrainian), member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Immunology and Immunopharmacology (Italy) and of the journal of the Polish International Affairs Institute “Europe” («Европа»); President of the Ukrainian Biochemical Society and Editor-in-chief of the “Ukrainian Biochemical Journal” (since 1999). He is the author of about 400 publications in the field of Immunology and Biochemistry as well as on Ukrainian culture and politics. He is one of the authors and editor of the book "Radiation and Human Immunity" (Kyiv, 1994) and “Structure and Biological Activity of Bacterial Polymers” (Kyiv, 2003).