Curriculum vitae of Dimitri A. Svistunenko

Date of birth: 19/04/1958
Place of birth: Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, Russia
Sci. deg.: Candidate of Sciences (Phys. & Math.), 1986
Address: School of Biological Sciences, Central Campus, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ, England

Phone: +44 (0)1206 873149
FAX: +44 (0)1206 872592
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Qualifications and skills

1981 Diploma in Physics and Engineering (a Russian MSc equivalent), Biophysics Section, Department of Molecular and Chemical Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT); experimental work in the Institute of Chemical Physics (ICP), Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moscow.

1986 Candidate of Sciences (Phys. & Math.), a Russian PhD equivalent; MIPT, ICP and Biology Department of Moscow State University.

2000 The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL). IT skills beyond the ECDL curriculum include: HTML, Perl, CGI-scripting, Visual Basic, various image packages including those for molecular modelling, Gaussian03. I am hosting a scientific on-line database.

1978-present Years of experience in EPR spectroscopy, from using light tables to subtract spectra in the very end of the pre-computer era, to density functional theory calculations of radical properties.

Honours and affiliations

1981 -Red (honour) MIPT graduation diploma

1982-93 - 6 prizes (1-st, 2-d and 3-d) in the "Best Research Work Annual Competition", Institute of Chemical Physics

1993 - the Royal Society 12 month Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

2006 - BBA Bioenergetics certificate of my review on protein radicals being one of the top 10 downloaded papers in 2005

2011-2014 - Committee member of the Royal Society of Chemistry ESR Group

From 1992 - International EPR (ESR) Society

From 2007 - Inorganic Biochemistry Discussion Group (IBDG)

From 2007 - The Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC)

From 2007 - Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society (MGMS)

From 2008 - Biochemical Society

From 2008 - Biophysical Society

Employment history

2008-present Director, Biomedical EPR Facility, Department (School) of Biological Sciences (DBS), University of Essex.

01/05-present Permanent Research staff, DBS, University of Essex

Funded: University of Essex; Research field: As a principal researcher of the Biomedical EPR facility, I am involved in a number of projects studying the paramagnetic states of metalloproteins and metalloenzymes in normal and pathological conditions.

07/95-01/05 Research staff, DBS, University of Essex.

Funded 06/03-01/05: 3 year contract with University of Essex. Research field: EPR spectroscopy of metalloproteins and metalloenzymes, oxidative stress reactions, reactive oxygen species, protein bound radicals.

Funded 06/00-05/03: 3 year grant (awarded by the Wellcome Trust to Prof Chris Cooper, DBS, and Prof Mervyn Singer, Bloomsbury Institute of Intensive Care Medicine, University College London). Research field: The role of bioenergetic processes in the multiple organ failure in patients with severe sepsis.

Funded 11/99-05/00: 6 months bridging contract with University of Essex. Research field: Biomedical application of EPR: metalloproteins and free radicals in normal metabolism and in pathological conditions.

Funded 10/96-10/99: 3 year Research grant from the Wellcome Trust (awarded to Dr Chris Cooper) Research field: Biomedical application of EPR: metalloproteins and free radicals in normal metabolism and in pathological conditions.

Funded 07/95-06/96: 12 month Wellcome Trust Travelling Research Fellowship (with Prof Mike Wilson). Research field: Reaction of human metHb with hydrogen peroxide and lipid peroxides, formation and kinetic of the paramagnetic species formed in the reaction.

02/94-01/95 Visiting staff, DBS, University of Essex

Funded: 12 month Royal Society Fellowship Award (with Prof Martyn Symons, F.R.S., and Prof Mike Wilson). Research field: Peroxide induced radicals in respiratory haem proteins, mechanism or radical formation and transfer.

08/84-01/94 Junior Research Associate, Research Associate, Senior Research Associate, Chimbio Department, ICP, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Research field 1: Free radicals and paramagnetic ion centres in animal tissues and in animal and human whole blood.

Research field 2: Paramagnetic centres induced by g or neutron radiation (or by UV) in whole biological tissues (human and animal blood, mouse and rat organs). Deconvolution of EPR spectra of irradiated at 77 K samples into separate EPR signals from different paramagnetic centres (using the step-wise annealing technique).

Research field 3: EPR dosimetry in tooth enamel. A new approach to record a reproducible spectrum of a whole solid sample with a significant anisotropy of resonance absorbance.

12/89-05/90 Visiting Scholar, Department of Radiation Biology, Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences, Changchun, China (with Prof Liu Shu Zheng, head of laboratory and president of the University)

Funded: Exchange program between Ministries of Education of Russia and China. Research field: Adaptive response to low-level whole-body X-irradiation of mice, radiation yield of H-adduct radicals of thymine and ribonucleotide reductase activity in spleen and thymus.

Teaching experience

From 2006 - Part of Module BS229 Membrane Biology and Bioenergetics for the second year UG, DBS, University of Essex

From 2007 - Supervisor of the Final Year Project students, DBS, University of Essex

10/96-5/97 - Classes on maths for the first year students, DBS, University of Essex

02/96-03/96 - Demonstrator in Physical Chemistry practical, DBS, University of Essex

03/89-04/89 - Teaching assistant.

I designed the practical "The Determination of Ribonucleotide Reductase in Ascite Ehrlich Carcinoma Cells by EPR Spectroscopy" and supervised the third year students of the Biology Department of Moscow State University.

09/84-05/85 - Supervisor of a graduate student.

Moscow Institute of Engineering and Physics. The student's diploma project "The EPR Study of the Radiobiological Damage in Mice Modified by Cystamine" was carried out in ICP and resulted in a publication.

Other activities

09/91-12/93 Head of the Advertising Group, PHARMASS (Pharmacological Association)

Pharmass was founded in 1991 in the Chimbio Department to organise production and marketing of the new chemicals and medicines developed in the Department.

12/92-1/94 Translator

Leader of a group of nine persons commissioned to translate the book by John Gofman "Radiation-Induced Cancer from Low-Dose Exposure: An Independent Analysis" into Russian. The contract with the Socio-Ecological Union included scientific and technical editing and making a photo-ready copy. The Russian edition was published in 1994.

01/85-05/92 Abstract writer

Abstract journal "Radiatsionnaya Biologiya" [Radiation Biology], All-Union Institute of Sci-Tech Information (VINITI).

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