Vislielākais burtu izmērs
Lielāks burtu izmērs
Burtu standarta izmērs
Structural Unit
Computational Systems Biology Group
Computational Systems Biology Group
Computational Systems Biology Group
Group of Bioconversion of Carbohydrates
Group of Bioconversion of Carbohydrates
Group of Bioconversion of Carbohydrates
Laboratory of Cell Biology
Laboratory of Cell Biology
Laboratory of Cell Biology
Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology
Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology
Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology
Laboratory of Industrial Microbiology and Food Biotechnology
Laboratory of Industrial Microbiology and Food Biotechnology
Laboratory of Industrial Microbiology and Food Biotechnology
Laboratory of Microbial Bioenergetics
Laboratory of Microbial Bioenergetics
Laboratory of Microbial Bioenergetics
Medical Biotechnology Group
Medical Biotechnology Group
Medical Biotechnology Group
Yeast Nutritional Physiology Group
Yeast Nutritional Physiology Group
Yeast Nutritional Physiology Group
  • Linda Rozenfelde defended her doctoral theses

    February 2018 started with successful defense of doctoral theses "Anhydrobiosis in yeast grown at oxygen limited conditions and its biotechnological applications" by our colleague Linda Rozenfelde. Scientific supervisor of theses is also our colleague Dr.Hab.Biol. Alexander Rapoport.

  • Seminar Nr.9: "Advanced methods for bioprocess modeling, optimization and control" by Vytautas Galvanauskas

    Our long-therm collaborator Vytautas Galvanauskas from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania gave a talk on topic that is very complimentary to the activities of our institute. How to control the biotechnological processes in real time. We hope to collaborate in projects also in the future.

  • The 11th workshop “FT-IR Spectroscopy in Microbiological and Medical Diagnostics”

    The 11th workshop “FT-IR Spectroscopy in Microbiological and Medical Diagnostics” was held at Robert Koch-Institute (RKI) on October 19-20, 2017. As always it brings together scientists from around the world to discuss, network & encourage the application of IR and Raman spectroscopic techniques for the characterization and differentiation of intact microbial, plant, animal or human cells.

  • Biotechnological conference in Lviv

    7th International Weigl Conference has taken place in Lviv on 26-29 September 2017. About 130 researchers have participated in the conference. They represented Poland, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Turkey, Iran, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.

  • Discussing redox active nutrients for future society

    Joint COST action NutRedOX CA16116 and Postdgraduate Training network NutriOx meeting was held in 27.-29. September 2017 in European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials (ECPM University of Strasbourg, France).

    Dr. Janis Liepins presented the poster of “Whoos and wheres in antioxidative research in Latvia” giving an overview of antioxidant related research in Latvia.

  • SpaceScanner published at Bioinformatics

    Atis Elsts (currently at University of Bristol) Agris Pentjuss and Egils Stalidzans have created a wrapper software for the software COPASI ( for automatic execution of optimal adjustable parameter combination search in metabolic engineering tasks. The software is published in the journal Bioinformatics (Oxford), IF=7,3.

  • COST action OpenMultiMed works in groups in Malta

    13-th and 14-th September items of multiscale modeling (multiscale modeling, multiscale data science and multiscale computing) were discussed in relation with systems medicine in the sunny Malta. Specialists from participating countries were presenting their work and collaborative activities were discussed to facilitate the development of the field.

    The Valetta Campus of University of Malta as avenue surprised by its ancient look and stimulated fantasies about the history of university in Malta.

  • Alexander Rapoport with FEMS President Prof. Bauke Oudega (on the right).
    FEMS Council meeting in Lisbon

    Prof. Alexander Rapoport participated in the annual FEMS (Federation of European Microbiological Societies) Council meeting in Lisbon (Portugal). This meeting was devoted to the issues linked with further development of microbiology research and education in Europe. There were also elections for 3 new positions of FEMS Directors on education, international affairs and publications.

  • From left: Janis Liepins, Zane Ozolina, Jekaterina Martynova, Agnese Kokina
    IMB UL researchers visit conference on Yeast genetics and molecular biology in Prague

    The 28th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology (ICYGMB 2017) was held at Prague, Czech Republic, from August 27th to September 1st, 2017.

    Janis Liepins, Agnese Kokina, Zane Ozoliņa and Jekaterina Martynova presented two posters: “Guanine plays critical role in the development of stress resistance phenotype in adenine auxotrophic strains during purine starvation in budding yeast” and “How purine starvation is communicated inside the baker’s yeast cell”.

  • 18-th International Conference on Systems Biology at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, USA

    The amount of participants at the world’s biggest conference on systems biology seemingly heavily depends on the reachability by airplane and local accommodation options. This year the conference was relatively small but organisers did a good job and the event was a great opportunity to see friends and exchange opinions. Agris Pentjuss and Egils Stalidzans met COPASI developers’ team, users of COBRAPy and other peers.

  • Tutorial for advanced users
    COPASI tutorial in Blacksburg

    Our good collaborators from COPASI team Ursula Kummer, Pedro Mendes, Juergen Pahle and Sven Sahle gave a tutorial on the new features of COPASI right before the ICSB conference in Blacksburg, USA. Egils Stalidzans participated in the section for advanced users learning about application of COPASI for identifiability analysis of parameters in parameter estimation tasks as well as about time scale separation analysis methods.

  • From left: Reinis Rutkis, Elina Balodite, Ali Mulakhudair, Uldis Kalnenieks
    Ali Mulakhudair from Sheffield visits Kalnenieks group

    In August 2017, within the scope of our collaborative project ERA-IB-15-109 ‘Z-Fuels’ (A novel bacterial system with integrated micro-bubble distillation for the production of acetaldehyde), a colleague from the University of Sheffield, Ali Mulakhudair, visited our Laboratory of Microbial bioenergetics for a short practical training course in cultivation and cloning methods for bacterium Zymomonas mobilis.

  • Metabolic Pathway Analysis conference from Bozeman (USA) this year, comes to Latvia in 2019

    Montana State University is located at the world famous Yellowstone national park and fortunately specific microorganisms live and are studied there. That was a wonderful reason to visit the park and the variety of colors created by microorganisms in thermal waters was truly surprising. Also multicellular organisms like bisons and elks could be observed where the water was not that hot.

  • Participation of LU MBI in the 33rd International Specialised Symposium on Yeast (ISSY33), Cork, Ireland

    The 33rd International Specialised Symposium on Yeast (ISSY33), organised under the auspices of the International Commission on Yeasts, with support from the Microbiology Society, took place at University College Cork, Cork, Ireland from 26th until 29th of June. The title of the meeting was ‘Exploring and Engineering Yeasts for Industrial Application’.

    The members of Laboratory of Bioconversion of Carbohydrates (GBC) Armands Vigants, Jekaterina Martynova and Kristiana Kovtuna presented a poster ‘The growth and adaptation of yeasts Kluyveromyces marxianus in the presence of acetate’ under the section of ‘Interconnected Metabolic and Stress Networks’.

    Prof. Alexander Rapoport (Aleksandrs Rapoports), Head of Laboratory of Cell Biology, presented there oral talk “Anhydrobiosis in yeasts: mechanisms of cell resistance” which summarized last results of this laboratory studies performed in cooperation with Prof. Pietro Buzzini (University of Perugia, Italy), Prof. Graca Soveral (University of Lisbon, Portugal) and Prof. Andriy Sibirny (Institute of Cell Biology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine). Besides participation in the symposium Alexander Rapoport participated also at the annual meeting of International Yeast Commission which discussed the next steps necessary for the further development of yeast research as well as planned the arrangement of the next International Specialized Symposia on Yeasts in Poland (2018), Argentina (2018) and Turkey (2019) and next international Congress on Yeasts (2020) which will take place in Vienna (Austria).


  • Designer Biology: from proteins and cells to scaffolds and materials

    With the beautiful setting of the Apotheketrakt in the grounds of the Schönbrunn castle in Vienna, the EFB Designer Biology meeting brought together scientists and companies working in biological engineering from the atomic-scale up to organisms and materials. There were over 70 participants from 13 countries across the globe.

    The diversity of research presented and participants at the meeting made for a particularly interesting programme, with discussion topics ranging from optogenetics and enzyme engineering to wound dressings and paper-coatings.

  • LEANPROT project comes to Riga for a meeting

    The project LEANPROT (Systems biology platform for the creation of lean-proteome

    Escherichia coli strains) with collaborators from Latvia, Estonia, Norway and Germany. German, Norwegian and Estonian partners were reporting about the progress in the experimental part, including the installation and programming process of laboratory robots. The progress of project was discussed also in terms of the development of SiliCon software platform to interconnect several modeling approaches creating additional design constraints.

  • Seminar Nr.8: Organelle-specific targeting of mixed-charge gold nanoparticles in cancer by Prof. Kristiana Kandere-Grzybowska

    Prof. Kristiana Kandere-Grzybowska visits our institute representing South Korea. She works at the Center for Soft and Living Matter, Institute for Basic Science and School of Life Science, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST).


  • Visiting Marie Curie Individual fellowship writing workshop in Tartu

    On the 8th of June, Janis Liepins attended Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MSC IF) training day in Tartu.

    The training was organised by the Estonian Research Council (ETAg). The trainers were Kristin Kraav, National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, ETAg and Terje Tuisk, Head of Department of Science Communication, ETAg.


  • Seminar Nr.7: Bacterial respiration and novel antimicrobial agents - it's a gas, gas, gas! by Prof. Robert Poole

    During the ERA-net project "Z-fuels" meeting in Riga Professor Robert Poole, long term collaborator of our Prof. Uldis Kalnenieks will give a lecture at the Doctoral school. Professor works at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, The University of Sheffield, UK.

  • Technology transfer workshop “Lean-proteome towards improved biotechnological processes”

    The technology transfer workshop was organised by the project LEANPROT, Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology (University of Latvia), Latvian Biotechnology Association, Latvian Society of Microbiology and Latvia University of Agriculture. There were speakers from Latvia, Estonia, Germany, and Norway. Latvia Biotechnology Association was represented by its chair Juris Vanags.

  • Pori, Finland
    COST action AMiCI meets in Pori, Finland

    The 2nd conference of COST AMiCI network was organized on 6-8 June at Palmgren Conservatory in Pori, Finland. Dr.O.Muter (LUMBI) and S.Vihodceva (RTU) represented Latvia.

  • CHARME logo
    COST action CHARME meets at our institute

    30 persons from European countries met in Riga 29-th May 2017 for a preparatory group meeting of COST action CHARME (Harmonising standardisation strategies to increase efficiency and competitiveness of European life-science research). One of the important outcomes was discovery that the logo of CHARME is used in the design of the railroad bridge over the river Daugava. That could be nicely observed from the room 702 of our new building in Jelgavas iela 1.

  • Seminar Nr.6: Lean proteome towards improved biotechnological processes

    A Technology Transfer Workshop will take place in the Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia 07. June 2017, 15:30, room 401 concentrating on the lean proteome idea implementation in E.coli.

  • ERASMUS+ visitor from Slovenia

    Tjaša Birsa had a traineeship at the LUMBI, Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology from April, 2017 till June, 2017. This traineeship was organized in frames of the ERASMUS+ programme. Tjaša is studying at the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Tjaša's experiments during the traineeship were focused on the fate of glyphosate in municipal wastewaters and soil.

  • Seminar Nr.5: Probiotics: definition, scope and mechanisms of action, including the human microbiota in health and disease

    The second seminar in a row we will enjoy the talk of Prof. Dina Yarullina from Kazan, Russia. The topic covers many aspects of probiotics.

  • Janis Liepins gives a speech on yeast stress in the Latvian brewer’s conference

    In the context of LatvianBeerfest 2017, held from 24.-28.05., conference on the hot topics of Latvian beer industry was held (24.05.2017). Approximately 80 participants took part in the conference, among them: home, micro, medium and large scale industrial brewers, scholars and students.

  • Seminar Nr. 4: The taxonomic system of prokaryotes: current status and future challenges

    Professor Dina Yarullina from Kazan Federal University is a guest at the Laboratory of Cell Biology led by Aleksandrs Rapoports. She will give a speech "The taxonomic system of prokaryotes: current status and future challenges"

  • Biotechnological conference in Minsk

    International conference „Microbial biotechnologies: fundamentals and application” took place on 5-9 May, 2017 in Minsk at Institute of Microbiology, National Academy of Science of Republic Belarus. It joined about 150 researchers from Belarus, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaidjan, Kazakhstan and Latvia.

  • "Latvijas Universitātes fonds" supports start of Nanopore sequencing in the IMB

    Nanopore sequencing is emerging and probably the most rapidly developing sequencing technique. This sequencing technique might be useful for unknown genome draft sequencing or specific applicon sequencing.

  • Professor Uldis Kalnenieks celebrates 60

    Our colleague, director of the Institute in the period 2006-2016 turned 60 in 28-th April 2017. His team continues fruitful work on international and national projects related with Kalnenieks favourite bacteria Zymomonas mobilis. We wish lots of new achievements after ending directors duties!

  • Seminar Nr.3: Dr. ing. Lidia Stasiak-Rozanska Dr. ing. Karolina Krasniewska  from Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland

    Our guests gave interesting introduction about the Warsaw University of Life Sciences and wide area of potential collaboration. Dr. ing. Lidia Stasiak-Rozanska delivered a talk "Industrial applicability of the metabolic potential of acetic acid bacteria" and Dr. ing. Karolina Krasniewska gave a presentation on topic "Active packaging: Edible coatings for ready-to-eat fresh fruits and vegetables"



  • Katsuya Fuchino visits Laboratory of Microbial Bioenergetics

    In March 2017, within the scope of our collaborative project ERA-IB-15-109 ‘Z-Fuels’ (A novel bacterial system with integrated micro-bubble distillation for the production of acetaldehyde), a colleague from Trondheim (the Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Katsuya Fuchino, visited our Laboratory of Microbial bioenergetics for a short practical training course in cultivation and cloning methods for bacterium Zymomonas mobilis.


  • Members of Yeast nutritional physiology group receive recognition from Prime Minister

    On the 30th of March, Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis congratulated winners of international science olympiads, their teachers and mentors.

    Janis Liepins and Agnese Kokina received Diploma of Cabinet of Ministers for their successful work with talented high school students when preparing them for 27th International Biology Olympiad in Hanoi (Vietnam).


  • Initiative for EU epitranscriptomic network has started

    On the 29th of March COST action EPITRAN (COST CA16120) kick off meeting in Brussels was held. IMB UL researcher Dr. biol Janis Liepins, together with PhD. Med. Irina Kholodnyuk Holodnuka, researcher from A. Kirchenstein Institute of Microbiology and Virology are Latvia representatives of the network.

  • Janis Liepins gives speech in annual international life science conference (COINS) in Vilnius

    Dr. biol. Janis Liepins, was invited speaker in international life science conference COINS 2017 (28.02 – 2.03, 2017, Vilnius University, Lithuania).

    In his speech “Purine auxotrophic starvation in budding yeast”, Janis introduced conference participants to the work and results of UL IMB Yeast Nutritional group.

  • OpenMultiMed COST action shapes the future in Porto

    Among other issues it was decided to organize OpenMultiMed Training School on Systems Medicine topics in August or September of 2017 in Riga.

  • SMARTPLANTS visit University of Cambridge

    Consortia meeting of SMARTPLANTS project took place at Sainsbury laboratories of University of Cambridge. The laboratory building is located at one side of Botanic Garden of Cambridge. The garden is lively and green in the sunny day of February 16-th.

  • Shadows in the Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology

    15-th February is a day when pupils have opportunity to live one day with selected professionals who were ready to reveal their daily activities. This 16 years old Raimonds from Riga and 14 years old Krisjanis from Jelgava could follow Olga Muter, Mara Grube, Andrejs Berzins and Karlis Shvirksts. Now we hope to see Raimonds and Krisjanis as students and later colleagues in the Institute!

  • LEANPROT partners establish collaboration with robots

    During he project meeting in Berlin partners were acquainted with new colleagues – two robots that can automatically perform high number of parallel fermentations, collect samples and make analysis. The robots can be controlled remotely and several persons can follow measurements.

  • Visit of Prof. Dr. Jūratė Šiugždaitė

    Prof. Dr. Jūratė Šiugždaitė from Lithuanian University of Health Science Veterinary Academy, Department of veterinary pathobiology from Kaunas, Lithuania, visited the Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology in January 2017.

  • Conference ICOMID – 2016 in Moscow

    IV International Conference „Microbial Diversity: Resource Potential” took place on 23 November 2016 in the main building of Russian Academy of Sviences in Moscow. About 100 of leading reseachers from Russia, Belgium, Italy, France, Australia, Latvia, Belarus and Armenia participated at this conference. Prof. Alexander Rapoport was a member of organizing committee of this conference as well as an invited speaker. His talk was devoted to anhydrobiosis and maintenance of microorganisms’ diversity. The main focus of this international meeting was linked with microbial biodiversity – its understanding, conservation and use.

  • The meeting is starting
    Meeting of the COST Action CA15114 „Anti-MIcrobial Coating Innovations to prevent infectious diseases” (AMICI)

    The meeting of the CA15114 (, 19.04.2016.-18.04.2020., 29 countries) was organized in Heerlen, the Netherlands, November 16-18, 2016, and was hosted at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.

  • Meeting of COST action "Open Multiscale Systems Medicine" in Skopje

    Multiscale systems medicine assumes that the growing amounts of highly diverse (multiscale) data relevant to human health and disease are the key to address current and future medical challenges. Transforming these data into effective and economical medical solutions requires appropriate means for multiscale data modelling, integration and analysis.

    The second meeting of COST action took place in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia) at the end of October 2016 where Egils Stalidzans represented the Institute.

  • Seminar "First steps in research"

    Janis Liepins and Egils Stalidzans share their experience in research with students in the event co-organised by Latvian Student Association (LSA) and Association of Latvian Young Scientists (ALYS).

  • International Systems Biology Study Group conference in Jena

    The meeting of the International Study Group for Systems Biology (ISGSB) in 2016 was hosted in Jena and take place 4-7 October. The ISGSB (formerly BTK) meeting welcomes biologists, computational modellers and interdisciplinary researchers in the systems biology field.

  • 3rd Congress of Baltic Microbiologists (CBM2016) in Vilnius

    A representative team from the Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology participated in 3rd Congress of Baltic Microbiologists (CBM2016) taking place at the Life Sciences Center, Vilnius university in Lithuania 18.-21. October 2016.

  • Alexander Rapoport celebrates 70!

    Our very experienced and honoured colleague Alexander Rapoport celebrated his 70 13-th October 2016. Greetings from Indrikis Muiznieks, rector of University of Latvia as well as former student of Rapoport, prime-minister Maris Kucinskis (gratitude letter for contribution to the national science) were followed by colleagues from the institute.

  • The true start of the educational year at Faculty of Biology

    The status of educational items, resources and challenges annually is discussed at the premises of the Faculty of Biology in Kolka 1-st October 2016. Kolka is located literally at one of the corners of Latvia. The building itself is famous by its wall paintings (see in picture, 21-st century).

  • ICSB 2016 in Barcelona

    This year the International Systems Biology Conference takes place quite close to Riga - even within European Union!

  • Lecture of Kristiana Kandere-Grzybowska

    Kristiana Kandere-Grzybowska gave a talk "Actin regulatory network in cancer cell motility". Currently she is employed in South Corea at Center for Soft and Living Matter, Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST).