MSc/PhD Program
Vasyl Mykytiuk
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Vasyl Mykytiuk


College / University:
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Highest Degree:
B. Sc. in Biology

Major Subjects:
Molecular Biology, Biochemistry

Lab Experience:
July 2013 - June 2015: Undergraduate researcher, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, NAS of Ukraine, Cell Signaling Dept., State Key Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology
June 2015 - December 2015: Visiting scientist, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Shigemoto group
February 2016 - May 2016: Undergraduate researcher, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, NAS of Ukraine, Dept. of General Physiology of Nervous System, Molecular Biophysics Laboratory
Methods: bacterial culture, mammalian cell culture, molecular biology basic techniques (PCR, western blot, molecular cloning), rodents optogenetics, rat behavior

Projects / Research:
July 2013 - June 2015: Interaction of ribosomal protein kinase S6K1 with phosphatases PHLPP and PP2A
June 2015 - December 2015: Persistent anxiety in a neurophatic pain model is driven by synaptic potentiation in the parabrachial-central amygdala pathway
February 2016- May 2016: Depletion of PIP2 in plasma membrane of HEK 293 induced by voltage-sensitive phosphatase Dr-VSP

2016 - 2017: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2012 - 2016: Ukrainian State Scholarship for students with excellent studying achievements awarded after each semester
June - Dec 2015: The Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD-GmbH) 6 months scholarship for the research at IST Austria


I am curious about formation and functioning of different neural circuits and their role in behavior. My scientific interests cover sensory information processing in the brain, system mechanisms of memory formation and forgetting, reward system, decision making processes. I also find fascinating research on consciousness, free will, neurosthetics and sleep.