Institute of Environmental and Agricultural Biology (X-BIO)

The Institute of Environmental and Agricultural Biology (X-BIO) was founded on 27 November 2017 as a Strategic Academic Unit of UTMN in the framework of the 5top100 Project.

The strategic objective of X-BIO Institute is to address its research to globally sound challenges such as hunger, environmental quality, climate change, and antimicrobial resistance.

X-BIO Institute is home to research groups dedicated to microfluidics, chemistry of natural compounds, crop production, soil biology, microbiology and antimicrobial peptides, entomology, acarology, plant pathology, and plant protection.

In the 2018/2019 school year, X-BIO Institute launched a new graduate program in Plant Biosecurity. A key aspect of the program is that it is delivered by a team of international faculty members, and that the language of instruction is English. Graduate students study in a world-class laboratory setting at X-BIO Institute as well as on the premises of the All-Russian Institute of Plant Protection (St. Petersburg), an X-BIO key partner.


Dr. Mikhail Zhak / Deputy Director
Mikhail graduated from the University of Tyumen with a Specialist degree in Finance and Credit (Faculty of Finance) in 2001. In 2007, he was awarded the Candidate of Science (Economics) degree by the Urals State Agricultural Academy (dissertation title “The System of Leasing Relationships in the Agro-Industrial Sector of the Tyumen Region”).
In 2003, Mikhail completed a US Department of Agriculture’s Faculty Exchange Program internship at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In 2006 – 2007, he completed a series of professional development courses: “Project Management According to the ANSI PMI PMBOK Standard”, “English as a Second Language”, “The Contract System in Purchase of Goods, Work, and Services”, “Techniques and Psychology of Sales”.

Taras Safonov / Expert
Taras graduated from Siberian Federal University (Russia) with a Specialist degree in World Economics in 2011. In 2014, he was selected as a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct graduate studies in U.S. In 2015, he was awarded an M.A. in Economics degree by Western Illinois University (USA). In 2016, Taras was awarded Global Education Scholarship from the Russian Government to conduct graduate studies in the United Kingdom. In 2017, he obtained an MSc in Statistics degree from the University of Southampton (UK).
In 2011 – 2016, Taras worked as a statistical modeler and data analyst in the Regional Division of the Federal State Statistics Service in the Krasnoyarsk Territory as well as in the Krasnoyarsk Territory Medical Information Analysis Center.
Currently, Taras is combining work and postgraduate research at the University of Tyumen. He specializes in Mathematical Modeling, Numerical Methods and Program Systems within the general field of Informatics and Computational Techniques.

Dzhamilya Ukarkhanova / Head of the X-BIO Education Office
Dzhamilya graduated from Dagestan State Technical University (Russia) with a Specialist degree in World Economics (Faculty of Finance and Audit) in 2010. In 2016, she became a participant of Global Education program sponsored by the Russian Government, to conduct graduate studies abroad. In 2017, Dzhamilya obtained an MSc in Energy and the Environment from Lancaster University (UK).
Currently, Dzhamilya is combining work and graduate research at the University of Tyumen. Her research is focused on Geoecology and the Earth Sciences.
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