Vernadsky CFU Postgraduate Develops Novel Bioassay Method for Drug Discovery and Research

Selina Osmanova, a postgraduate student at the Vernadsky CFU’s Medical Academy named after S.I. Georgievsky, is working on developing a novel bioassay method to determine the antimicrobial activity of organic substances which involves using luminescent bacteria from the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

The use of this testing method will allow to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of newly synthesised pharmaceutical substances and control the quality of active antibiotic ingredients and antibiotic drugs.

According to Selina Osmanova, the new method, while delivering highly accurate results, costs much less in terms of both time and resources as compared to the traditionally used agar diffusion test.

This research project is funded by the Innovation Promotion Fund through the UMNIK grant competition programme. The total amount of the grant awarded is RUB 500,000.