Professor Oleg A. Krishtal, BSc, PhD, DSc

Director of the O.O. Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

Head of the Department of Cellular Membranology, O.O.Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

Member of Academia Europaea

Full Member of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences

 

Oleg Krishtal was born on July 5, 1945 in Kiev in a family of a biologist Alexander F. Krishtal, Head of the Department of Physiology of Invertebrates, T.G. Shevchenko Kyiv State University . In 1968, he graduated from the Physics Department of the same University with BSc in Molecular Physics.

Oleg Krishtal has been working at the O.O. Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology since 1970, first as a junior, and later a as senior researcher, and since 1982 and until now he is heading the Department of Physical and Chemical Biology of Cellular Membranes. Oleg Krishtal has been Deputy Director of the O.O. Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology since 2003. He became Director of this Institute, as well as Director of the International Center for Molecular Physiology, in 2010. Over the years he also worked as a Visiting Professor of Kyushu University (Japan), Harvard University (USA), Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and the University of Pennsylvania (USA).

In 1980, he discovered a fundamentally new receptor in nerve cells – “the receptor for protons”, or ASIC. This highly selective Na+ channel gated by specific receptors for protons immediately received much attention as a putative nociceptor. His past and current scientific work is directed to studying of ion permeation mechanisms, which are localized on the membrane of sensory nerve cells. Under his leadership, investigations of physico-chemical and pharmacological properties of these pathways with the use of innovative techniques and approaches are carried out.

The results of research of O.A. Krishtal have been published in more than 300 papers in national and international journals. He is co-author of a scientific discovery - the phenomenon of selective calcium conductance of neuronal somatic membrane. Oleg Krishtal is one of the most frequently cited Ukrainian scientists in the world.

He devotes much of his time to education and training of young professionals at various levels: graduate and postgraduate students, and Doctors of Sciences. He supervised more than 20 PhD and DSc theses.

O.A. Krishtal is a member of Editorial Boards of "Neurophysiology" (Ukraine), as well as several international journals: “European Journal of Neuroscience”, “Neuroscience”, “Physiological Reviews”, “International Journal of Medicine and Medical Research”. Oleg Krishtal is Head of the National Committee of Ukraine for Neuroscience and he is the President of the P.G. Kostyuk Ukrainian Physiological Society.

Apart from science, O.A. Krishtal enjoys literary work, he is the author of three books: "Homunculus” (“Moi et mon double”), “The Singing Birds" and "ME and WE: an optimistic scenario".

O.A. Krishtal has received the title of Professor in 1983, he was elected a corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences in 1985, and he was elected a member of the European Academy in 1990.

Leadership of professional organisations:

  • President of the Ukrainian Science Club
  • President of the P.G. Kostyuk Ukrainian Physiological Society

Prizes:

  • State Prize of the USSR.
  • State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology.
  • Winner of the 2012 Bogomoletz Award of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine for his series of publications on "Physiology and pathology of the brain afferent systems: uncovering the underlying mechanisms and development of novel methods of medical correction" (co-author).
  • Winner of the 2013 Kostyuk Award of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine for his series of publications on "Plasma membrane ion channels" (co-author).