Department of Microbiology, Virology and Immunology

Head of the Department:
Nataliia POLISHCHUK, Associate Professor, Candidate of Medical Sciences.


Historical Reference

The Department was founded in 1965 on the basis of a course in Microbiology. At that time the main direction of scientific work of the Department was the study of SARS and influenza at the industrial enterprises of Zaporizhzhia and researches on dysentery.

In 1986, the direction of researches at the Department changed to studies of nosocomial infections, mainly focusing on enterococci.

In September 2020, the Department was headed by Associate Professor Nataliia Polishchuk.


Educational Disciplines

The discipline "Microbiology, Virology, Immunology", which includes sections "General and Special Microbiology", "General and Special Virology", "Basics of Infectious Diseases" and "Basics of Immunity", is studied by:

  • domestic second- and third-year students of the Medical Faculty No. 1 majoring in "Medicine" and the Medical Faculty No.  majoring in "Pediatrics";
  • foreign second- and third-year students of the International Faculty No. 2 majoring in "Medicine";
  • domestic second-year students of the Medical Faculty No. 3 and foreign second-year students of the International Faculty No. 2 majoring in "Dentistry";

The discipline "Microbiology with Basics of Immunology" is studied by domestic students of the Pharmaceutical Faculty (full-time and part-time) majoring in "Pharmacy" and "Technology of Perfume-Cosmetic Preparations".

the disciplines "Microbiology, Virology, Immunology with Microbiological Diagnostics" and "Clinical Microbiology" are studied by domestic second-to-fourth-year students of the Medical Faculty No. 2 majoring in "Technologies of Medical Diagnostics and Treatment".

Department of Microbiology, Virology and Immunology


Educational and Methodical Work

Educational and methodical work of the Department is aimed at improving the teaching of the discipline, optimization and intensification of the educational process, improving the organization of independent work and control of students' knowledge, improving the pedagogical skills of lecturers.

Lecturers of the Department actively use modern innovative learning technologies during lectures and practical classes, use modern software products, Internet resources, modern means of presentation (visual support of classes in the form of videos, multimedia presentations and other interactive material). The use of modern learning technologies promotes more effective learning, forms students' responsibility, ability to think logically, justify answers, work in a team, activates students to a creative and systematic approach to solving educational, scientific and practical problems.


Scientific Directions and Achievements

From 2008 to 2011 the Department performed planned scientific work on the topic: "Microbiocenosis of Upper Respiratory Tract and Oral Cavity in Normal and Pathological Conditions in Association with Local and Systemic Immunity" (No. 0108U005113). More than 50 articles on the topic of research work were published, 1 patent for an invention was obtained.

In 2012, a departmental scientific work was planned on the topic: "Role of Disorders of Relationship Between Lymphoid and Epithelial Compartments of Immune System of Mucous Membranes in Development of Experimental Pathology" (No. 0112U005642). According to the results of the work of the scientists of the Department 25 scientific works were published, including 2 — Web of Science, 2 — Scopus, and in 2020 the candidate's dissertation was defended.

Currently, scientists of the Department, under the leadership of Nataliia Polishchuk, perform research work on "Microbiological Monitoring of Biological Properties of Pathogens of Purulent-Inflammatory Infections in Health Care Facilities". The work is carried out in cooperation with colleagues of the Department of Microbiology, Epidemiology and Infection Control of the Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

Employees of the Department take an active part in domestic and foreign conferences, congresses and symposia.

The work of the microbiological laboratory of the Department is methodically organized and introduced into educational and scientific practice. The laboratory consists of two subdivisions:

  • Microbiological Research Unit;
  • Molecular Genetic Research Unit.

The Microbiological Research Unit provides bacteriological research of biological material, study of biological properties of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms and study of antimicrobial activity of newly synthesized chemicals. The Unit is equipped with modern equipment and standard control materials of industrial production.

The Molecular Genetic Research Unit provides diagnostic studies on COVID-19 and scientific work on the detection of DNA/RNA of microorganisms, quantification of mRNA levels, research on the relationship of gene polymorphism (SNP) with the development of multifactorial human diseases. The Unit is equipped with the necessary modern equipment for real-time PCR research.


Cooperation with Other Institutions

Within the framework of scientific work the Department actively cooperates with specialists of Bacteriological Laboratories of the City Children's Hospital No. 5, City Accident and Emergency Hospital, Zaporizhzhia Regional Clinical Hospital, Zaporizhzhia Regional Laboratory Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, as well as with scientists of ZSMU departments.


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