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Sergii Romanenko

Dr Sergii Romanenko

Research Fellow
Academic Staff (Physics and Astrophysics)

Contact details
Address
Academic Staff (Physics and Astrophysics)
The University of Western Australia (M013)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 7014
Email
sergii.romanenko@uwa.edu.au
Biography
Education:
2006 – 2009: Post graduate student of International Center of Molecular Physiology, Kiev, Ukraine; (PhD biophysics; Ph.D. thesis Title: Calcium signaling specificity in the different types of primary nociceptive neurons and its modulation
2000-2006: National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, Department of Electronics, Faculty of Physical and Biomedical Electronics, Kyiv, Ukraine; (BSc, MSc)
Professional experience:
2015 - up to now: Research Fellow Academic Staff (Physics), University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth, Australia (leech ganglion preparation, electrophysiological recordings, synaptic transmission control, el.phys recordings from glial, neuronal and cancer cells in vitro, neuronal network pattern conditioning, experimental design, setup construction, data processing, paper and report writing, DRG cell culture preparation, calcium imaging, hippocampus slices preparation, experimental design );
2013 - 2015: PostDoc Scholar, The bioelectrophotonics laboratory (Biophysics and Health theme of the Sigma-Lim Laboratory of Excellence (LABEX) project), XLIM, Limoges, France. (leech ganglion preparation, electrophysiological recordings, synaptic transmission control, el.phys recordings from glial, neuronal and cancer cells in vitro, neuronal network pattern conditioning, experimental design, setup construction, data processing, paper and report writing);
2011-2013: PostDoc Scholar, California Institute of technology, Huntington Medical Research Institute, Pasadena, CA, USA (leech ganglion preparation, electrophysiological recordings, synaptic transmission control, Raman spectroscopy, in situ nanoparticle infusion, neuronal network pattern conditioning, experimental design, setup construction, data processing, paper and report writing);
2009-2011: Junior Research Scientist, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine (DRG cell culture preparation, calcium imaging, hippocampus slices preparation, experimental design);
2008-2009: Assistant in Dept. of Applied Physics of National Aviation Univ., Kyiv, Ukraine (lecturer assistant, preparation materials for seminars, conducting of laboratory practice and practice classes);
2006- 2009: Post graduate student of International Center of Molecular Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine (intracellular calcium signaling technique, induction of rat model of diabetes, ultrafast application system design, pain tests, drug testing, experimental protocol design, data processing, writing reports and papers);
2003-2006: Summer Student engineer of the Department of General Physiology of the Nervous System, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine (assistance in sample preparation, and experiment conducting: solutions, DRG neurons in vitro preparation, patch-clamp teqnique).
Key research
•Effect of low intensity stimulation of living tissue with non-chemical factors. Effect of millimeter sub millimeter EM waves on activity neuronal cells in situ and in vivo, neuronal tissue stimulation with high voltage pulses and effects of infrared light stimulation.
•Modulation of cell interaction and signal transmission (conditioning of action potential, train patterns and associated intercellular coupling).
•Functional properties and regulation of calcium-related receptors and channels of membrane. Functional link between these structures and internal calcium pools.
Publications
1.Sergii V. Romanenko, Elena P. Kostyuk, Platon G. Kostyuk “Transduction of calcium signals through plasma membrane”. J of Med Acad of Science of Ukr, 2008, v. 14, №1. – pp. 3-15. Review (UKR). (http://www.amnu.gov.ua/editor/obj.asp?id=438)
2.Sergii V. Romanenko, Elena P. Kostyuk, Platon G. Kostyuk “Effects of Gabapentin on Calcium Transients in Neurons of the Rat Dorsal Root Ganglia”. Neurophysiology, 2008, v.40, №4, - pp. 231–237. (doi: 10.1007/s11062-009-9049-4) (Online ISSN 1573-9007)
3.Sergii V. Romanenko, Elena P. Kostyuk, Platon G. Kostyuk “Effects of Gabapentin on Different Neuronal Populations in the Dorsal-Root Ganglia of Rats with Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetes Mellitus”. Neurophysiology, 2009, v.41, №2, - pp. 100–110. (doi: 10.1007/s11062-009-9084-1) (Online ISSN 1573-9007)
4.Sergii V. Romanenko, Elena P. Kostyuk, Platon G. Kostyuk “Activity of TRPV1 Channels in Primary Nociceptive Neurons of Rats: Modulation by Changes in Intracellular Calcium Level”. Neurophysiology, 2009, v.41, №4, - pp. 238-249. (doi: 10.1007/s11062-010-9103-2) (Online ISSN 1573-9007)
5.Sergii V. Romanenko, Platon G. Kostyuk, Elena P. Kostyuk “Gabagamma application prospects in diabetic neuropathy treatment”. Science and innovation, 2009, v.5, №6, - pp. 64 – 69 (Ukr).
6.E. P Kostyuk, T. Yu. Korol, S. V. Korol, S. Romanenko, V. O. Pinchenko, P. G. Kostyuk “Alteration of calcium signaling as one as one of the pathogenesis mechanisms of such neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer’s disease and diabetic polyneuropathy”. Fiziologichnyi Zhurnal, 2010, v. 56, № 4, - pp. 130-138. (PMID: 20968046 ) (Online ISSN 2155-0158)
7.Sergii Romanenko “Intracellular calcium elevation caused by TRPV1 activity in rat dorsal root ganglion neurons”. Acta Biochimica Polonica, 2010, v. 57, supp. 2, - pp. 16.
8.Romanenko S, Siegel PH, Wagenaar DA, Pikov V (2013) “Comparison of the effects of millimeter wave irradiation, general bath heating, and localized heating on neuronal activity in the leech ganglion”. Proceedings of SPIE., 2013, v. 8585. SPIE, Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 85850N. (ISBN 978-0-8194-9354-5) ( doi: 10.1117/12.2006504)
9.Romanenko S, Siegel PH, Pikov V (2013) “Microdosimetry and physiological effects of millimeter wave irradiation in isolated neural ganglion preparation”. Physics and Engineering of Microwaves, Millimeter and Submillimeter Waves (MSMW), June 2013, pp. 512 – 516.
10.Romanenko S, Siegel PH, Wagenaar DA, Pikov V (2014) “Effects of millimeter wave irradiation and equivalent thermal heating on the activity of individual neurons in the leech ganglion”. Journal of Neurophysiology, August 2014, Vol., (doi: 10.1152/jn.00357.2014)
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
•Patch clam, voltage clamp.
•Intracellular calcium measurement imaging, fluorescent methods
•Pain test (“hot plate”, Hargreaves Method)
•Sharp electrode electrophysiology (Axoclamp 900A & Calmpax 10.3)
•Intracellular recordings in situ
•Rat entire spinal cord preparation for el.phys recordings
•sucrose-gap method
•Rat DRG cell preparation for in vitro experiments; ureter, uretus for in situ experiments, leech preparations
•Utilization of Leech neurons as electrophysiological model
•Raman spectroscopy
•Multiphoton microscopy
Languages
English, Ukrainian, Russian, French
Memberships
-European Calcium society (EU)
-Ukrainian neuroscience society (Ukraine)
-National postdoctoral association (USA)
-Ukrainian physiological society (Ukraine)
-SPIE international society for optics and photonics (USA)
Honours and awards
2013 – Best presentation diploma (second place) on Physics and Engineering of Microwaves, Millimeter and Submillimeter Waves Symposium.
2011 – Boswell Postdoctoral Scholar
2010 – Warsaw Organizing Committee Travel Grants within European Calcium Society meeting 2010.
2009 – Awarded by President of Ukraine Stipend for Young Scientists.
2009 – Finland CIMO travel grant.
2005 – Distinction diploma of the Military Institute for successes in the studying.
2000 – Awarded by diploma of State competition for pupils in physical sciences (first place),
1999 – Awarded by diploma of State competition for pupils in technical sciences (third place)
1998 – Awarded by diploma of State competition for pupils in technical sciences (second place)
Previous positions
2015 - up to now: Research Fellow Academic Staff (Physics), University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth,;
2013 - 2015: PostDoc Scholar, The bioelectrophotonics laboratory (Biophysics and Health theme of the Sigma-Lim Laboratory of Excellence (LABEX) project), XLIM, Limoges, France.;
2011-2013: PostDoc Scholar, California Institute of technology, Huntington Medical Research Institute, Pasadena, CA, USA;
2009-2011: Junior Research Scientist, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine;
Useful links
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=txkwSYwAAAAJ&hl=en
http://www.hmri.org/research/our-researchers/sergii-romanenko/
http://www.bioelectrophotonics.org/people

Current projects
Modulating neuron activity with terahertz light.
The increasing prevalence of high frequency electromagnetic radiation for military applications,
communication and imaging has prompted interest in the effects of these frequencies in neuroscience. The primary aim of this project is to understand the interactions and effects of terahertz light (or T-rays) on neurons and brain tissue and will build on Australia's position as a leader in terahertz technology. This work will identify optimal parameters for neuronal modulation with one of the potential outcomes being the possibility of controlling neuron firing rates which has applications in neuroscience. It also has clinical implications in terms of the suppression of pain and other neurological disorders.
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