Vice-Rector (Research and International Cooperation)

Galyna Falfushynska

Galyna Falfushynska
Date and place of Birth: July, 26'79, Kremenets’, Ternopil Region, UkraineCitizenship: Ukrainian; Marital Status: MarriedAddress of residence: 19, Volynska str., Pidhorodnye vil., Ternopil District, Ukraine, 47721, E-mail: falfushynska@tnpu.edu.ua
Education2013 – Dr. Sci. Biochemistry, Chernivtci National University, Ukraine2005 – PhD. Biochemistry, Institute of Animal Biology, Lviv, Ukraine2003 – M.Sci Chemistry, Ternopil National Pedagogical University (TNPU), Ukraine2001 – B. Biology and Chemistry, Ternopil National Pedagogical University (TNPU), Ukraine
Research topics: Interactive effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors (including metals, organic pollutants (UV filter, personal care products and pharmaceuticals, pesticides), nano-ZnO) on the molecular stress-sensitive system of aquatic invertebrates (both marine and freshwater mollusks) and low vertebrates (Cyprinus carpio, Danio rerio, Carassius auratus gibelio).Molecular investigations of cyanotoxins (CYN, MC-LR, PMA) and cyanobacteria extracts of European Nostocales strains toxicitiesMechanisms of hypoxia tolerance in marine mollusksExogenic and endogenic factors of human thyroid nodular goiter development and progressionMolecular approaches in obesity studiesMitochondria fission and fusionIn vivo models: Danio rerio, Cyprinus carpio, Carassius auratus gibelio, Bivalve mollusks (Unio, Mytilus, Crassostrea, Arctica islandica). In vitro model: Hepatocytes isolated from common carp Cyprinus carpio

Methods and techniques: Research methods: gene and protein expression, set of antioxidant-prooxidant balance parameters, signs of oxidative injury, activity of biotransformation enzymes, lysosomal functional assays, geno- and cytotoxic assays.Techniques: Spectrophotometrical assays, Fluorometric assay, Light microscopy, ELISA, RT-PCR, Western Blot
Experience2018 - Vice rector for Research and International Relations of Ternopil Volodymyr Hnatiuk National Pedagogical University, Prof. of Orthopedagogy and Physical Therapy Department2017 -2018 Chair of Human Health, Physical Rehabilitation and Vital Activity Safety Department, TNPU, Ukraine2016-2017 Chair of general chemistry department, Ternopil State Medical University; Senior researcher, TNPU, Ukraine2015 – Adjunct Researcher, Postdoc Fellow, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, US2013 – Chair of general chemistry department, Ternopil State Medical University; Senior researcher, TNPU, Ukraine2011-2013 Assistant professor, Ternopil State Medical University; Senior researcher, TNPU, Ukraine2006 – 2010 Senior researcher, Ternopil National Pedagogical University, Ukraine2006, 2010 Lecturer, Kremenets Pedagogical Institute, Ukraine02.2006 – 06.2006 Assistant professor, Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine03.2005 – 12.2005 Researcher, Ternopil National Pedagogical University, Ukraine2003-2005 – PhD student, TNPU2001-2003 – Master course, TNPU
Other activitiesPublications. Total 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals (72 publications in Scopus), 107 conference abstracts, 3 books, monograph and chapter in monograph, 14 patents. h-index = 16 (Scopus); h-index = 19 (Google Scholar).Scopus ProfileGoogleScholar ProfileResearchGate ProfilePublon profile
ProjectsDr. Falfushynska has been in charge of 18 national and international projects as investigator, Co-PI or PI.2020-2022 – «Development of methodology for complex biorisk assessment of pesticide-polluted environment for target and non-target organisms», National Research Foundation of Ukraine [PI]2020-2022 State budget project “Development of a molecular test-system for the assessment of the biosafety of Cyanotoxins and pharmaceuticals” [PI]2019-2022 – ERASMUS+ project MultiEd (610427-EPP-1-2019-1-EE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP) [Project Team member]2018 –2019 State budget project “Investigation of the system endocrine activity of zinc and factors of its optimization using ectotherm animals models”, [PI]2018 -2019 State budget project “Development of evaluation criteria for sustainability of aquatic ecosystems under combined impact of the newels damaging factors”, [Co-PI]2016 2017- State budget project “Development of evaluation criteria for sustainability of aquatic ecosystems under combined impact of the newels damaging factors”, [Co-PI]2015-2016 Collaborative NSF-supported project (USA, Award Number: 1557870): Biomineralization Processes and their Environmental Modulation in Marine Bivalves  [Investigator]2014-2015 - Joint R&D project “Integrative assessment of the environmental impacts of the cooling ponds of power plants on indigenous and invasive mussels using molecular and physiological markers” with University of North Caroline at Charlotte (CRDF Global, UKB1-7109-TE-13), [Investigator]2013–2014. Joint R&D project ‘Molluscan metallothionein as a biomarker for novel environmental biorisks’ with University of Innsbruck, Department of Zoology / Ecophysiology, Austria, #M/4-2013, [Investigator]2012-2013. State budget project “Evaluation of biorisks of xenohormons using multimarker set of aquatic animals” [Investigator]2010-2014 State budget project “New biochemical approaches for evaluation of ecotoxicity of metallic nanoparticles based on determination of metallothioneins characteristics in water animals” [Co-PI]2011. Development of optimal set of markers to evaluate the status of aquatic ecosystems by using biochemical parameters of bivalves (Individual grant of Ukrainian President) [PI].2009-2010. Joint R&D project „Toxic effects of novel insecticides on freshwater fishes” with Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Tarnaka, Hyderabad, India, # 0109U006404, [Investigator];2009-2010. Joint R&D project “The evaluation of stress response in freshwater bivalves and pulmonates in the Ukraine and Republic of Belarus” with International State Ecological University, Minsk, Byelorussia, # 0109U003768, [Investigator];2009–2010. Joint R&D project “Biomarkers in bivalve mollusks for the assessment and monitoring of the biological impact of anthropogenic activities in Ukraine” with University of Innsbruck, Department of Zoology/Ecophysiology, Austria, # 0109U003767, [Investigator];2009–2010. Joint R&D project “Biotesting of water pollution with potentially toxic substances” with Balaton Limnological Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary; Registration # 0109U003769, [Investigator];2008−2010. Joint R&D project “Metallothioneins of Cyprinidae. The evaluation of the adaptation to environmental and model stress” with Pukyong National University, Department of Aquaculture, Busan, Republic of Korea, Registration # 0108U007541, [Investigator];2007-2008. Joint R&D project “The assessment of freshwater pollution based on use of metallothioneins of molluscs”; with Université de Reims, Laboratoire d’Eco-Toxicologie, Reims, France, Registration # 0107U001948, (EGIDE, PHC DNIPRO 14190ZC), [Investigator];2006-2007. Joint R&D project “Assessment of wetlands’ pollution by heavy metals in Greece and Ukraine, using the frog Rana ridibunda and the fish Cyprinus carpio as bioindicators” with Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Department of Zoology, Greece, # 0106U012431, [Investigator]
AWARDS:2020 – THEA Ukraine Wandelwerk - Training for Higher Education Administrators in Ukraine (DAAD)2019 - Diploma for the best oral presentation in the international limnological conference (Poland)2017 – Alexander von Humboldt Scholar Grant, https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/pls/web/pub_hn_query.humboldtianer_details?p_lang=en&p_externe_id=3076418 (ongoing)2015 – Fulbright Scholar Grant, https://www.cies.org/grantee/galyna-falfushynska 2014 – Prize of National Academy of Science of Ukraine for young scientist 2012   Prize of Ukrainian President for Fellows2006-2012 – Personal grants of West-Ukrainian Biomedical Research Center (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)2011   Grant of Ukrainian President for young scientist for research works2009   Diploma for the best oral presentation in competition of young scientist in the framework of Parnas conference from biochemistry and molecular biology 2010 – Diploma for the best oral presentation in competition of young scientist “Actual problems of biochemistry and biotechnology-2010” 2010 – Diploma for the best oral presentation in competition of young scientist in the framework of X Ukrainian Biochemical Congress 
International visits and training courses: 2018-2021 – Researcher, Humboldt Stipendiatin at the  Rostock University, Germany2019 – 2020 Visiting professor, Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa, Poland. Lecture and practical course (60 h) in “English terminology in Chemistry” and “Ecological Chemistry”2019 – Masaryk University, Brno, Czech-Ukraine international project “Changes of the pedagogical faculties and universities in XXI”2019 – Meet-UP project, Braunschweig, Germany2017 – Deutsch Sprachkurs, DID Institut Hamburg, Germany2017 – Visiting professor, Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa, Poland. Lecture and practical course (60 h) “Ecology of microorganisms” for Master students2015-2016 – Fulbright Scholar Program, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA2014   Training course, Department of Zoology, University of Innsbruck, Austria2014 – Training course, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA2010 – Training course, Department of regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis, Institute of Cell Biology, NAS of Ukraine, Lviv2009 – Training course, Laboratory of Neurophysiology, Limnological Institute of Hungarian Academy of Science, Hungary2009 – Training course, Laboratory of molecular biology, Institute of Zoology, University of Innsbruck, Austria2007 – Training course, Laboratory of Ecotox, University of Reims, France1999 – University of Copernicus, Torun, Poland (short-stay visit)
Synergistic activities:Serve as a supervisor for four PhD students, five Master students (including international one) from Ternopil V.Hnatiuk National Pedagogical University.Serve as a national coordinator of Erasmus Mundus project MER2030 and ECT+ EMJMD.Serve as an editorial board member for Marine Environmental Research (ScienceDirect), Limnological Review (De Gruyter, Poland), International Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Science (Ukraine) and Scientific Reports of Ternopil V.Hnatiuk National Pedagogical University: Biology (Ukraine).Serve as reviewer for a number of scientific journals including Aquatic Toxicology, Marine Environmental Research Chemosphere, Journal of Comparative Physiology – B, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Science of Total Environmental, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C, Toxins, Archives of Medical Science, Polish Journal of Fishery Science, Toxicology in Vitro, Saudi Journal of Biological Science etc .
Language skillsEnglish – B2, German – B2, Polish – A1, Russian – C1


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