On Feb. 8, Russian Science Day, head of MIPT’s Nanobiotechnology Lab Maxim Nikitin was honored with the Presidential Prize in Science and Innovation for Young Scientists.
The prize was awarded for developing a new generation of smart nanomaterials for biomedical applications and advancing the autonomous biomolecular computer systems to be used in theranostics. This new medical approach integrates therapy and diagnostics. It seeks to create drugs that provide early diagnostics and treatment at the same time.
“Maxim Nikitin has made a significant contribution to the creation of a new class of biocomputer nanorobots,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin, who presented the prize, commending the impact of the researcher’s work on the development of nanobots capable of simultaneous diagnostics and targeted delivery of medicines to the affected areas.
“The results of his research will facilitate the transition to personalized medicine and selection of an individual treatment for each particular person,” said the president before congratulating the recipients of the prize. “I want to congratulate all of you, all the winners, and to thank you for your perseverance, for your service to science and for such important, meaningful results of your work.”
Nikitin studied at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where many of MIPT’s biotech students attend classes and do research starting from their sophomore year. He earned a doctoral degree in 2013 and went on to head the Nanobiotechnology Lab at MIPT in 2014.
This year’s presidential prize for young scientists was also awarded to Nikita Bashnin, PhD in history, a research fellow at the Scientific and Historical Archive of the St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The third recipient of the prize is Konstantin Kokh, PhD in geology and mineralogy, a senior research scientist at the Crystal Growth Laboratory of the Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.Established in 2008, the presidential prize is awarded to Russian scientists aged 35 or younger. It honors considerable contributions to national science and the development of new equipment and technology advancing innovation in the national economy and the social sphere and enhancing national security. The prize is intended to promote further research and create foster new scientific discoveries. Each prize amounts to 2.5 million rubles, or about $40,000ю