Institute of Biology and Biotechnology

Acting Director Speranskaya Natalia Yurievna
office 656049, Russia, Barnaul, pr. Lenina 61, Room 215
Tel. + 7 (3852) 298-182

Biology is a science about life. It originated in Ancient Greece, Rome, India and China. Aristotle in the 4th century BC first tried to organize the knowledge about nature by dividing it into 4 spheres: inorganic world, lkants, animals and human. For the present day biologists' developments are used in such areas as medicine, agriculture, manufacturing industry, environment protection, etc.

Biology is very complicated but interesting and absorbing at the same time. It requires researchers to know everything about all biological regularities of the wildlife.

Institute of Biology and Biotechnology offers the following programs

The Faculty of Biology has talented staff. They are highly-qualified lecturers, scientists, professors, assistant professors who teach botanics, ecology, biotechnology, biochemistry, zoology, physiology and other subjects to about 500 students.

Altai State University also has 4 sites for educational practices – Krasilovo Lake” (located in the Kosihinsky Region of Altai), the South-Siberian Botanical Garden (Barnaul), Goluboy Utes (Charyshskiy Region of Altai) and Chemal (Chemalskiy region, the Republic of Altai). There students get acquainted with the wildlife nature. In addition, senior students participate in Summer Biological Expeditions to Altai and Mongolia. Altai and Mongolia Expeditions are also available for all international comers. 

All educational programs are generally in Russian. To enroll in any educational program the applicant must have B1–B2 level of Russian or take 1 year course of Russian language at the Altai State University Preparatory Department.

Faculty structure

  • Department of Botany

The department mainly deals with flora and vegetation of protected areas and cities in Altai Krai; systematics of individual taxons of higher plants, fungi, algae, anthropogenic changes of vegetation in southern part of Western Siberia.

  • Department of Zoology and Physiology

The department studies distribution and population of rare, threatened and poorly studied animals of Altai Krai; species diversity and animal protection in Altai Krai; influence of anthropogenic factors on Altai Krai fauna; biorythmological aspects of human adaptation to conditions of arid and humid zones; population health estimation and patients' risks identification in Altai Krai; estimation of brain electrical activity in health and disease; research of circulatory system parameters; haemodynamic, psychophysiological, age-related and ecological aspects of human physiology.

  • Department of Ecology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology

The department specializes in the research of biochemical markers for diagnosis of human diseases; usage of microorganisms for producing food and probiotic drinks; research of biodiversity, protection and rational use of natural resources; preservation of plants genetic material and intensification of genetic and breeding work; bioindication of environmental health.

  • Department of Fundamental and Applied Ecology

The department's activities involve conducting special courses and practical classes, developing students' practical skills, organizing series of laboratory classes and workshops.

  • Zoological Museum (Laboratory of Zoology)

The museum works on exposition organization (the materials mainly represent fauna of Altai Krai and the Republic of Altai) and conucts research on biology of birds and animals and ecology. The museum actively works with students and pupils, promotes the idea of environment preservation.

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