Leading researcher, Dr. Sc.
Natalia M. Biserova
Natalia M. Biserova, PhD; Dr.Sc.
Zoology, leading research scientist
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Biological Faculty, Department of Invertebrate Zoology.
Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Biological Faculty, B-234,
Moscow State University, 119234, Moscow, Russia.
fax /tel (lab): (495)939 44 95
Invertebrate Morphology, Neuroanatomy, Parasitology, Evolution, Neodermata, Cestoda, Insecta, Tardigrada, Ultrastructure, Electron Microscopy, Immunocytohemistry.
Brain , Neuroglia, Neurotransmitters, Neuromodulators, Immunomodulators
Flatworms, Neodermata, Cestoda, Insects, Tardigrada
President Elect of the International Society for Invertebrate Morphology (ISIM, 2014-2020)
International Society for Invertebrate Neurobiology (ISIN),
Russian Society for Parasitology, RAS
Doctor of Science degree (Dr.Sc.), Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow.
Doctorate thesis (PhD) , St.-Petersburg State University, St.-Petersburg.
Leading Research Scientist in the department of Invertebrate Zoology, Biological faculty, MSU
Previous Science Positions:
Senior Research Scientist, laboratory of Ecological Parasitology, Institute for Biology of Inland Waters, RAS
Senior Research Scientist in the department of Invertebrate Zoology, Biological faculty, MSU.
Previous Administation Positions:
Deputy Director /Scientific Secretary of Institute for Biology of Inland Waters, RAS, Borok.
"Modern methods of electron microscopy in invertebrate zoology"; lectures and practical course for students and bachelors, Department of Invertebrate Zoology; MSU
“Special parasitology”, lectures and practical course for bachelors, Department of Invertebrate Zoology; MSU
“Comparative physiology of invertebrate nervous system: neodermata” , lectures for bachelors Department of Human Physiology and Animals, MSU
International Summer Course (August, 2005) for postgraduate students: “The Modern Methods of Electron Microscopy for Insects”. Lectures and practicum. Potsdam University and Free Berlin University, Germany.
International Summer Course (August -September, 2012) “Comparative and Functional Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology of Invertebrates” The White Sea Biological Station, MSU, Russia
"Invertebrate Zoology" Pushchino Branch of MSU; 2004-2006; Department of Invertebrate Zoology; MSU
Practical courses of Invertebrate Zoology,2003-2007; Department of Invertebrate Zoology; MSU
Summer course of freshwater parasitofauna , lectures and practical course for bachelors, Department of Invertebrate Zoology; MSU, 2005-2009; IBIW RAS; Borok
Summer course of fish parasitology for masters; Department of Invertebrate Zoology; MSU; IBIW RAS; Borok, since 2016
Diploma graduate students: 7
PhD graduate students: 3
Grants support for researches
2015 – 2017
Leader of research project:”The structural and molecular basis of host-parasite interactions in life cycle of Diphyllobothriidea, Trypanorhyncha and Diphyllidea (Cestoda)” supported by the RFBR
The Fulbright Fund grant “The Nervous System of Bothriocephalidean, Lecanicephalidean and Trypanorhynchan Cestodes: a Histological, Ultrastructural and Immunocytochemical Study” (G -1-00005, №68120173), USA
Executive Director of the Federal Program "Organization of the youth national and international scientific conferences and schools” government RF 12.741.12.0151
Leader of the project: “Organization and holding of an international conference for comparative and functional neuroanatomy and neurobiology of invertebrates” supported by the RFBR
Travel grant from RFBR for participating at “The 2nd International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology” ICIM 2011, Harvard University, Boston, USA.
Leader of the postdoctoral professional development grant for young scientist I.A. Kutyrev supported by the RFBR
Team leader of the research unit “Biogenic Amines in Insects” (DFG FOR 1363) with Prof. Pflueger group (Free University Berlin, Germany, Institute for Biology, Neurobiology)
Leader of research project: Search for morphological correlates of parasitic flatworms molecular systematic by studying of cestodes’ nervous system example” supported by RFBR.
Travel grant from RFBR for participating at “The 11th ISIN Symposium on Invertebrate Neurobiology, 25-29 August, 2007, Tihany, Hungary”.
Grant of the Boris Kuperman Memorial Fund: “The nervous system ontogeny in cestodes”
Travel grant from RFBR for participating at «The 6th International Workshop on
Cestode Systematic and Phylogeny»
Leader of research project: “The problem of existence of glia cells in central nervous system of parasitic and free-living flatworms (ultrastructural and immunocytochemical investigation)”, supported by RFBR.
Supervisor of the YS INTAC grant “Development of an approach to study of trophic structure of tardigrade communities based on analysis of the digestive system construction of the tardigrades”, supported by European Community, Brussels.
Travel grant from RFBR (Russia) for participating at «The 5th International Workshop on
Cestode Systematic and Phylogeny» České Budějovice, Czech Republic.
Supervisor of the grant: “Study of tardigrades in the Oka-Volga interfluve with use of the electron microscopy methods” supported by the program “Integration”.
The DAAD stipend for research collaboration: Comparative ultrastructural and immunocytochemical study of insect and flatworm muscles. Berlin, Free University, Germany.
Leader of research RFBR grant: The development of a nervous system of cestodes and amphilinids in the ontogeny. 01-04-49326-а
Travel grant from RFBR (Russia) and the NGW stipend (Germany) for participating at the forum of European neuroscience 2000, Brighton, UK.
Research collaboration with Prof. Pflueger group (Free University Berlin, Germany, Institute for Biology, Neurobiology) in order to study the ultrastructure and immunocytochemistry of neuromuscular junctions in invertebrate muscles (DFG, SFB 515)
The Biodiversity Fund grant support: “Annotated lists of the fauna of Lake Baikal, Baikal Region and the Angara River”, member.
Travel grant from RFBR for participating at the IX ISIN International Symposium for Invertebrate Neurobiology, Tihany, Hungary.
1998 - 2000
Leader of the research grant from RFBR: Nervous system of parasitic flatworms (ultrastructure, functional analysis, ontogeny, evolution)
Member of the research project: “Zoogeographic analysis of world fauna of Tardigrada” supported by RFBR.
Travel grant from RFBR for participating at the Seven International Symposium on Tardigrada, Dusseldorf, Germany
Principle investigator of INTAS grant (European Community, Brussels) with Prof. M.K.S. Gustafsson (Finland) and Prof. D.Halton (Belfast): Evolutionary analyses of neuronal signal systems in the phylum Platyhelminthes.
Member of the research grant from RFBR: Morpho-functional adaptations of parasitic flatworms. Leader Prof. B.I. Kuperman
Research CNR Grant: “Ultrastructural study of Tardigrada, family Macdobiotidae” ; supported by the Italian “Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche”, University of Modena, Italy, Italy.
The Soros Fund stipend for participating at the Sixth International Symposium on Tardigrada, Cambridge, England
Participant of a research grant from the Russian Foundation of the Basic Research (RFBR): “Morpho-functional research of parasite-host relation in parasitic flatworms”.
Research collaboration with Prof. M. Reuter and Prof. M.K.S Gustafsson, Neuropeptides Group, supported by ABO Akademia Universitat, Abo, Finland.
International scientific collaboration
Prof. K. Jensen, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Biodiversity Institute, Kansas University, Lawrence, USA. “Tapeworms from rays and sharks: biodiversity and ultrastructure”.
Prof., Dr. H.-J. Pflüger
Prof. Pflueger group, Free University Berlin, Germany, Institute for Biology, Neurobiology.
“Ultrastructural and immunocytochemical aspects of the muscle innervation of insects and flatworms”.
Prof. Bertolani, Dr. Lorena Rebeccia, University of Modena, Italy.
“Ultrastructural investigation of tardigrada with special attention to Macdobiotidae”.
Prof. M. Reuter & Prof. M.K.S Gustafsson, Neuropeptides Group, ABO Akademia Universitat, Abo, Finland.
“Neuroactive substances in the parasitic flatworms”.
Winner of Fulbright Scholar Program U.S., 2013
Award of the Boris Kuperman Memorial Fund, 2007
The Certificate of Honour from USSR Academy of Sciences, IBIW, 2005
“Invertebrate Zoology”- member of editorial board
Frontiers in Zoology, Zoologia, Inland Water Biology, Russian Journal of Marine Biology Journal of Parasitology, Parasitology International