User:Elina Karimullina

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Fulbright Scholar Research Award 2010-2011 in Biological Sciences

Host Institution: Clemson University South Carolina, USA; Department of Biological Sciences; Clemson's Institute of Environmental Toxicology

Research Topic: The role of the nuclear receptor HR96 from Daphnia pulex in responding to toxicant stress

Home Institution: Ural State University Yekaterinburg, Russia; Faculty of Biology, Department of Ecology; Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology Ural brunch, Russian academy of Science

As a visiting research student at the Department of Biological Sciences in Clemson University I investigated the role of HR96 in responding to toxicant stress. HR96 is a putatively promiscuous nuclear receptor found in insects and crustaceans that is related to the promiscuous toxicant-sensing nuclear receptors CAR and PXR found in mammals.

Background Information

I successfully graduated from Ural State University, the Faculty of Biology, Department of Ecology with Specialist Degree (diploma with honor). In University period I worked as a laboratory assistant in the Institute of Plants and animal ecology at Ural Division of the Russian Academy of Science. During that time I investigated benthic community in the gas pipe ditching zone. For this purpose I took part in two expeditions to the North Pole Tundra and Taiga. Later I became a research-engineer in the laboratory of Experimental ecology IPAE UD RAS and began to work on my Ph.D. project devoted to the population effects at the anthropogenic low-level chronic radioactive area.

Research interests

  1. Molecular Ecology and Toxicology
  2. Radioactive and Xenobiotic Environmental pollution
  3. Population Genetic


• “Daphnia HR96 is a promiscuous xenobiotic and endobiotic nuclear receptor”

Aquatic Toxicology, 2012, Vol.116–117, Elina Karimullina, Yangchun Li, Gautam K. Ginjupalli and William S. Baldwin

• “Assessment of radiation impact of radiation on Stellaria graminea cenopopulations in the zone of the Eastern Ural Radioactive Trace”

Russian Journal of Ecology, 2010, Vol. 41, No. 6, V. N. Pozolotina, E. V. Antonova, and E. M. Karimullina

• “The consequences of the chronic irradiation on the EURT flora”

Radiological Biology. Radioecology, 2009, Vol. 49. No. 1 V.N. Pozolotina, E.V. Antonova, E.M. Karimullina, Haritonova O.V. and L.A. Pustovalova (in Russian)

• “Analysis of current state of terrestrial ecosystems in the East-Ural Radioactive Trace”

The issues of the Radiation Safety, 2007, special Vol. V. N. Pozolotina, I.V. Molchanova, L.N. Mihkaylovskaya, E.V. Antonova and E.M. Karimullina (in Russian)