Meeting Rhodolive partners in Kassel


The development of R. glutinis stoichiometric model could benefit from sequencing of our strain of interest and the strain that was result of evolution at Laleli olive oil factory. Our colleagues Egils Stalidzans and Kristaps Berzins met Jonas Peterle and Prof. Dr. Friedrich W. Herberg from University of Kassel. We improved the model with new gene annotations and made our plans for future additions in the model.

Latvians had an opportunity to present their research in a scientific seminar. That was the first international presentation of our colleague Kristaps Berzins.


Seminar No. 14


Seminar No. 14: Selective killing of cancer cells by self-assembly of mixed-charge nanoparticle crystals by Kristiana Kandere-Grzybowska

Our long-term collaborator Kristiana Kandere-Grzybowska Center for Soft and Living Matter, Institute for Basic Science and School of Life Science, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan, South Korea gave a talk on the progress on their research.

This year she concentrated on the mechanisms of selective killing of cancer cells and how to move closer to the implementation of mixed-charge nanoparticles.

Biomodelling Spring Riga 2019


The second Biomodelling Spring Riga was the 7th training school organised by the COST action CA15120 “Open Multiscale Systems Medicine" (OpenMultiMed). We had four invited speakers.

The main objective was to gather a critical mass of researchers and stakeholders from different disciplines, and coordinate these researchers as a team to define and investigate important S&T challenges in multiscale systems medicine, and to improve existing and develop novel solutions for multiscale systems medicine.

Metabolic Pathway Analysis 2019 brings 120 participants from 25 countries to Riga


120 participants from 25 countries have attended the Metabolic Pathway Analysis 2019 conference in Riga, Latvia on 12 – 16 August. The conference was organized by the Computational Systems Biology Group, Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology of the University of Latvia, and took place in the Academic centre of the University of Latvia.

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OpenMultiMed COST project meets at Holon Institute of Technology

 Holon Institute of Technology is located in Holon, close to Tel Aviv. The institute has hosted annual Management Committee meeting of OpenMultiMed. Potential publications of COST action have been discussed along with the options of main COST action conference in 2020. The last year of COST action starts in a couple of months.

Meeting before start of Omega 3 fatty acid project

6-th March 2019 the partners of the ERDF funded project "Crypthecodinium cohnii and Zymomonas mobilis syntrophy for production of omega 3 fatty acid from byproducts of biofuel and sugar industry". The project starts 1-st April 2019 and is a collaboration of our institute with the Institute of Wood Chemistry and JSC "Biotehniskais Centrs".

A mission of industrial biotechnology is to produce valuable products from waste. The aim of the project is to establish a bioprocess of syntrophic co-cultivation of two microorganisms (Crypthecodinium cohnii and Zymomonas mobilis) at laboratory prototype level for bioconversion of renewables (molasses, the byproduct of sugar industry, and glycerol, byproduct of biodiesel production) into valuable vegetarian (produced by microorganisms) docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) from omega 3 fatty acid family. DHA is essential for health of infants and adults.