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  • Research Molecular and Genetical Department

    Head of Department – Mr Mykola SUSHKO

    e-mail: m.i.sushko@gmail.com

    The main direction of the Department is laboratory diagnostics of infectious animal diseases  and characterization of their pathogens by molecular genetic methods.

    Department is accredited in accordance with the requirements of DSTU EN ISO / IEC 17025: 2019 on detection of nucleic acids by PCR pathogens of the following infectious diseases:

    • Avian influenza;
    • Newcastle disease;
    • ASF;
    • CSF;
    • leukosis;
    • bluetongue;
    • swine influenza;
    • salmonellosis;
    • reproductive respiratory syndrome of pigs;
    • porcine circovirus type 2;
    • toxolasmosis;
    • carnivorous plague;
    • Aleutian mink disease;
    • chlamydiosis;
    • brucellosis;
    • Q-fever;
    • infectious rhinotracheitis of cattle;
    • infectious rhinotracheitis of cats;
    • coronaviruses of cats and dogs;
    • calcivirosis of cats;
    • feline leukosis;
    • immunodeficiency of cats;
    • cattle viral diarrhea;
    • leptospirosis;
    • anthrax;
    • mycoplasmosis;
    • porcine parvovirus;
    • Schmallenberg’s disease;
    • Coli;
    • rabies;
    • West Nile Fever;
    • Rift Valley fever;
    • LSD;

    Specialists of the Department conduct monitoring and diagnostic studies within the Plan of anti-epizootic measures for the prevention of major infectious diseases and parasitic diseases of animals.

    On a commercial basis, Department diagnoses the following diseases by PCR: avian influenza, African swine fever, bluetongue, swine infuenza, chlamydiosis, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, Schmallenberg disease.

    Research on other diseases is carried out by prior arrangement, it is possible to use diagnostic test systems of the customer.

    The Department is equipped with four amplifiers for real-time PCR (three QuantStudio 5, Applied Biosystems and one RotorGene, Qiagen) and a system for automatic isolation of KingFisher Flex nucleic acids, Thermo Scientific, which allows to study a large number of samples in a short period.

    The test uses commercial test systems that have the appropriate quality certificates and are validated in the National Reference Laboratories of the EU, FAO, OIE.

    Specialists of the Department regularly undergo internships and training in the world’s leading scientific and diagnostic institutions.



    Scientific directions of theDepartment activity:

    • Study of the characteristics of pathogens of infectious diseases by molecular genetic methods;
    • Conducting arbitration research;
    • Participation in approbation of new methods and diagnostic test systems;
    • Conducting internships and assistance in the implementation of laboratories for the diagnosis of infectious diseases by molecular genetic methods;
    • Organization and conduct of bilateral interlaboratory tests;
    • Participation in national and international projects to study the spread of infectious diseases and their molecular genetic properties;
    • Writing scientific articles, methodical recommendations.

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