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  • Andreyan Osipov

    Andreyan Osipov

    PhD, DSc,
    Professor of RAS.

    Head of Experimental Radiobiology and Radiation Medicine Department at the Burnazyan Federal Medical Biophysical Center of the Federal Medical Biological Agency,
    Head of Radiation Biophysics and Ecology Lab. at the N.N. Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Program focus

The primary goal of the program is to give theoretical and practical knowledge in radiation biology and biophysics, which will enable students understanding more complex processes in live cells affected by major types of radiation: alpha, beta, neutrons, protons, and electromagnetic waves such as gamma rays.

They will complete and upgrade their knowledge of basic molecular biology and biochemistry along with cytology and histology. Basic knowledge, obtained within the course will facilitate the students to implement the radiation protection guidelines in handling with radioactive substances in research and medical institutions or in nuclear industry. They will be able to understand and critically evaluate benefits and damages of radionuclide use in medicine and research fields. Philosophy of Sciences will be ranging from the analysis of meaning, definition, symbolism in scientific theories to those on the nature and formulation of theoretical principles and in the function and significance of science within various contexts.


Radiation Biology
Medical Radiology
Radiation Safety and Protection
Biological Statistics

Aspects studied

The program will accent on the following chapters:

Career Opportunities

Our students will have a broad opportunity to be employed by leading international and Russian research centers and institutes, some of which participated in creating the program. Our students will participate in many laboratory experiments and project sessions, which gain their invaluable practical skills. Starting from the first year, they can participate in various projects in laboratory research and commercial projects of the research medical institutions or nuclear industry and student startups.


For better understanding of the study material basic knowledge of physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology from previous classes is required.

Also the basic knowledge of Russian language is of great support

Program highlights

Radiation is energy that’s carried by waves or a stream of particles. Radiation works by damaging the genes (DNA) in cells. Genes control how cells grow and divide. When radiation damages the genes of cancer cells, they can’t grow and divide any more. Over time, the cells die. This means radiation can be used to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.

Major goal and emphasis of our program is to give you an essence of The Science behind Radiation Therapy.
Here you'll find a more in-depth discussion of what radiation therapy is and how it is used to treat cancer, including:

  • How does radiation work to treat cancer?
  • Types of radiation used to treat cancer
  • Goals of radiation therapy
  • Who gives radiation treatments?
  • How is radiation given?
  • External beam radiation
  • Internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy)
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Does radiation therapy cause second cancers?
  • What’s new in radiation therapy?

The program based on collaboration with our leading Russian and foreign research institutions dealing with radiation biology and oncology, such as:

Program outcomes

Based on the knowledge gained through the program, students will be able to handle with radioactive markers and radioactive sources with the required precaution. Considering radiotoxicity, they will know how to identify and classify several most dangerous and most often used radionuclides in medical diagnostics and therapy, and will understand and estimate radiation risk for patients and personnel.

Bearing in mind the repairing mechanisms of radiation damage, they will be able to justify the type of the appropriate radiation and its exposure time, and estimate the probability of cell survival and repair for a delivered dose. Behind, one of our main goals in biostatistics class is to teach biology students how to choose the appropriate statistical test for a particular experiment, and then apply that test and interpret the results. You will spend relatively little time on the mathematical basis of the tests; for most biologists, statistics is just a useful tool, like a microscope, and knowing the detailed mathematical basis of a statistical test is as unimportant to most biologists as knowing which kinds of glass were used to make a microscope lens. Biologists in very statistics-intensive fields, such as ecology, epidemiology, and systematics, may find our biostatistics course to be a bit superficial for their needs, just as a biologist using the latest techniques in 4-D, 3-photon confocal microscopy needs to know more about their microscope than someone who's just counting the hairs on a fly's back. But we hope that biologists in many fields will find this course to be a useful introduction to statistics.

Specific entry requirements

For better understanding of the study material basic knowledge of physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology from previous classes is required.

Also the basic knowledge of Russian language is of great support. And the last, but not least – enthusiasm, patience and keen desire to be a real Master in your education and scientific career

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