Abir U. IGAMBERDIEV

Ph.D., Dr. Sc. 

 

Department of Biology

Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John's, Newfoundland, A1B 3X9, Canada

Phone: (709) 737-4567, Fax: (709) 737-3018

E-mail: igamberdiev@mun.ca

 

Academic Qualifications:

 

Dr. Sc. (Doctor of Sciences) Degree in Biology at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation (1992)

Ph.D. Degree in Biology (Plant Physiology) at the Faculty of Biology, Voronezh University, Russian Federation (1985)

M.Sc. in Biology at the Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Biology, Voronezh University, Russian Federation (1981)

 

Academic appointments

 

2007-present time: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

2002-2007: Research Associate/ Sessional Lecturer, Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba

1995-2004: Professor, Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Voronezh University, 394693 Voronezh, Russia

1992-1995: Associate Professor, Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Voronezh University, 394693 Voronezh, Russia

1981-1992: Assistant Professor/ Lecturer, Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Voronezh University, 394693 Voronezh, Russia

 

Post-doctoral and research experience

 

·         University of Manitoba, Canada (2002-2007)

·         Risø National Laboratory, Denmark (2001-2002)

·         Wyoming University, USA (1997-1998)

·         Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (1988-1989) 

·         Free University, Berlin, Germany (1994)

·         Umeå University, Sweden (1992-1993, 1998-2001)

 

Teaching

 

·         B-3402 Principles of Plant Physiology (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2008, undergraduate)

·         B-4306 Applied Biology (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2008, undergraduate)

·         ENVS-6003 Applied Ecology (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2008, graduate)

 

Graduate students

 

·         Jay Kumar Shah (from September 2008)

·         Poorva Vyas (from September 2008)

 

Previous teaching experience

 

Undergraduate lecture courses

 

·         Crop Physiology (University of Manitoba, 2005-2007)

·         Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Voronezh University, Russia)

·         Concepts of Modern Science (Voronezh University, Russia)

 

Graduate lecture courses

 

·         Theoretical Biology (University of Umeå, Sweden, 2000)

·         Enzymology (Voronezh University, Russia)

·         Plant Respiration (Voronezh University, Russia)

·         Evolutionary Biochemistry (Voronezh University, Russia)

·         Genetic Engineering (Voronezh University, Russia)

 

Supervision of twelve M.S. and five Ph.D. students in 1982-2001 in Russia

Co-supervision of MSc, Ph.D. students and postdocs at Umeå University, Sweden, Technical University of Denmark and University of Manitoba

 

Grants

 

·         NSERC Discovery (5 years, 2008-2012)

·         NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (2008)

·         Canada Foundation of Innovation – Leaders Opportunity Fund (2008)

·         Industrial Research and Innovation (IRIF) Start-Up Fund (2009)

·         Swedish Royal Academy (1998-2001) in cooperation with Prof. Per Gardeström

·         Swedish Institute (1992) in cooperation with Prof. Per Gardeström

·         International Science Foundation of George Soros (1995-1996, 1998)

·         Volkswagen Foundation (Germany) (1994) in cooperation with Prof. Claus Schnarrenberger

·         Russian Fund for Basic Research (1993-1998)

·         Russian Fund of the Russian Ministry of Education (1992)

 

Publications

 

In total 130 publications published including 73 primary papers, 21 theoretical and opinion papers, 13 reviews in peer-reviewed journals, 3 educational papers (all in peer-reviewed journals), 6 papers in conference proceedings, 11 book chapters and 3 books. These publications have been cited a total of more than 830 times (Web of Science, August 2009), with an h-factor 16.

 

The journals and monograph series include the following editions:

 

Journal/ monograph

Number of papers

Year

Planta

7

2004-2007

Plant Journal

1

2003

Journal of Experimental Botany

2

2004, 2006

FEBS Letters

7

1995-1998, 2004

Biochemical Journal

1

2003

Biochimica et Biophysica Acta  

2

2003

BioSystems

6

1993, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2008

Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

2

1999, 2006

Physiologia Plantarum

6

1996-1998, 2001, 2002

Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

3

1999, 2000, 2005

Photosynthesis Research

3

2001, 2004, 2005

Journal of Plant Physiology

3

2001, 2003, 2006

Phytochemistry

1

2002

Annals of Botany

BioEssays

2

1

2005, 2009

2009

Russian (Soviet) Journal of Plant Physiology

25

1984-1999

Biochemistry (Moscow)

7

1982-1996

Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration (monograph series)

2

2002, 2005

Handbook of Photosynthesis

1

1997

 

International meetings

 

Participated in a total of about than 40 meetings

Speaker of more than 30 meetings

 

Plant ROS 2009 – The Society of Free Radical Research Plant Oxygen Group Meeting on Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species, Helsinki, Finland, July 8-10, 2009. Oral Presentation (30 min)

Igamberdiev AU, Bykova NV, Hill RD. Nitric oxide production and scavenging in plants under hypoxic conditions.

 

International Conference for Plant Mitochondrial Biology. Lake Tahoe, May 9-14, 2009. Invited oral presentation (30 min)

Igamberdiev AU. Nitrite-driven bioenergetics of plant mitochondria under hypoxic conditions

 

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Horticultural Studies, Quebec June 17-19 2009. Oral presentation of Ph.D. student Poorva Vyas (15 min)

Vyas P, Debnath S, Igamberdiev AU. Antioxidant activities in lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.) as affected by in vitro and ex vitro propagation methods

 

XVth International Conference on Oxygen Binding and Sensing Proteins, Aarhus, Denmark, 17-22 August 2008. Invited oral presentation (30 min) 

Igamberdiev AU, Bykova NV, Hill RD. Metabolic role and reaction mechanism of the class 1 plant hemoglobin

 

50th annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists, Ottawa 14-17 June 2008. Poster

Igamberdiev AU, Kleczkowski LA. Adenylate kinase equilibrium optimizes photosynthesis and mitochondrial respiration: applications for metabolomic research

 

Previous meetings (1994-2007):

 

Plant Canada Meeting, 2007, Saskatoon (oral presentation)

Plant Canada Meeting, 2005, Edmonton (oral presentation)

Annual Meeting of Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists, Guelph, 2004 (oral presentation)

6th International Congress on Plant Mitochondria, Perth, 2002 (invited oral presentation)

12th Congress of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Physiologists, Budapest, 2000 (oral presentation)

43rd Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Asilomar Pacific Grove, Monterey, California, 1999 (oral presentation).

5th International Congress on Plant Mitochondria, Stockholm, 1998 (oral presentation)

11th Congress of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Physiologists, Varna, 1998 (oral presentation)

11th International Congress in Photosynthesis, Budapest, 1998 (invited oral presentation)

2nd Conference on the Foundation of Information Science, Vienna, Austria, 1996 (invited oral presentation)

10th Congress of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Physiologists, Florence, 1996 (oral presentation)

9th Congress of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Physiologists, Brno, 1994

 

Also participated in many All-Russian and Soviet meetings in plant physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology during the period 1983-1996

 

Scholarly lectures (in 2008-2009)

 

“Nitrogen metabolism in plants under hypoxic conditions:  is anaerobic respiration possible?” MUN, Seminar at the Biology Department: February 13, 2009.

“Anaerobic operation of plant mitochondria and nitric oxide metabolism”. MUN, Seminar at the Department of Biochemistry: October 1, 2008.

“Nitrogen/nitric oxide metabolism in plants under the hypoxic stress”. The Technical University of Denmark, Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy , Biosystems Department, August 23, 2008.

“Does the glyoxylate cycle exist in animals”? MUN, Laboratory of Dr. Sean Brosnan,  January 18, 2008.

 

Other professional activities

 

Editor/reviewer for journals, publishers and research councils

 

Editor for the journal BioSystems (Elsevier) since 2009

Reviewer for about 20 international journals (10 papers in 2009), research councils and publishers including the leading plant physiology journals and some leading biochemistry and general biological journals

Reviewer for the Canadian Foundation of Innovation (CFI) – Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOI) Reviewer for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

 

Professional memberships

 

Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists (from 2002)

American Society of Plant Biology (from 2008)

Corresponding member of the Russian Society of Plant Physiology

 

Administrative experience

 

2009 Associate Editor of the international journal BioSystems (Elsevier)

1994-2000 Head of the Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Voronezh University, 394693 Voronezh, Russia

1995-1998 Associate Dean (Science) of the Biology Faculty, Voronezh University