Відділ молекулярної генетики бактеріофагів - ІМВ НАН України 🇺🇦

Head of department: Fedir Tovkach

Phone: +38 (044) 294 69 64

Fax: +38 044 526 23 79

E-mail: feodorit@mail.ru

Position: Head of Department

Rank, degree: cor. member National Academy of Sciences, senior researcher, Doctor of Biology

Under the supervision of F.I. Tovkach defended 11 PhD theses.

In the department, students of higher educational institutions of Kyiv annually undergo internships and complete course and diploma theses.

Research areas

  • Bacteriophages as autonomous genetic elements. Gene transfer mediated by phages. Transfer of pathogenicity genes
  • Phage and plasmid genomics
  • Lysogeny of enterobacteria. Defective lysogeny of Pectobacterium carotovorum. Macromolecular carotovoricins (carotovoricins of the phage tail type).

Keywords: bacteriophages, plasmids, autonomous genetic elements, genomics, proteomics, molecular biology of bacteriophages, phage-bacterium interaction.



  1. Krupovic M. et al. Bacterial Viruses Subcommittee and Archaeal Viruses Subcommittee of the ICTV: update of taxonomy changes in 2021. Arch Virol. 2021;166(11):3239-3244. doi: 10.1007/s00705-021-05205-9.
  2. Faidiuk Yu. et al. Anchoring-induced nonmonotonic velocity versus temperature dependence of motile bacteria in a lyotropic nematic liquid crystal. Phys. Rev. E. 2021; 104(5).e054603. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.104.054603


  1. Maksymenko L.O., Parkhomenko N.Y. In virto and in vivo Phosphorylation of a Coat Protein of Potato Virus X. Mikrobiol. Z. 2021; 83(4):76-81. doi: https://doi.org/10.15407/microbiolj83.05.076


  1. Besarab N et al. Isolation and characterization of Hena1 ‒ a novel Erwinia amylovora bacteriophage. FEMS Microbiol Lett 2020;367(9):fnaa070. DOI: 10.1093/femsle/fnaa070
  2. Adriaenssens, E.M., Sullivan, M.B., Knezevic, P. et al. Taxonomy of prokaryotic viruses: 2018-2019 update from the ICTV Bacterial and Archaeal Viruses Subcommittee. Arch Virol 165, 1253–1260 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00705-020-04577-8


  1. A.I. Kushkina, F.I. Tovkach. Morphological Biodiversity of Bacteriophages from Lysed Batch Culture of Recombinant Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) Mikrobiol. Z. 2020; 82(4):80-93. doi: https://doi.org/10.15407/microbiolj82.04.080


  1. Zlatohurska M, et al. Complete genome sequence analysis of temperate Erwinia bacteriophages 49 and 59. J Basic Microbiol 2019;59:754–764. DOI: 10.1002/jobm.201900205
  2. Hodorová V, et al.  Genome Sequence of the Yeast Saprochaete ingens CBS 517.90. Microbiology Resource Announcements 2019;8:e01366-19. doi: 10.1128/MRA.01366-19
  3. Lichancová H, et al. Genome Sequence of Flavor-Producing Yeast Saprochaete suaveolens NRRL Y-17571. Microbiology Resource Announcements 2019;8:e00094–19. doi: 10.1128/MRA.00094-19
  4. Limanska N, et al. Biofilm formation and genetic diversity of Lactobacillus plantarum strains originated from France and Ukraine. J Microbiol Biotech Food Sci 2019:8:1326-1331
  5. Zlatohurska M, et al. Erwinia horticola and its two temperate related bacteriophages 49 and 59. J Plant Pathol 2019; 101, 849–883.
  1. Zlatohurska MA, Khlibiichuk YY, Muchnyk FV, Romanyuk LV, Tovkach FI. Characteristics of abortive infection in lysogenic system of Erwinia horticola. Mikrobiol Zh 2017;79:129–36
  2. Tovkach F, Zlatohurska M. The phenomenon of phage mediated phage induction in Erwinia horticola and the origin of bacteriophages 49 and 59. Mikrobiol Zh 2017;79:114–26
  1. Zlatohurska MA, Tovkach FI. Мorphological heterogeneity of temperate erwiniaphage 59. Mikrobiol Zh 2016;78:70–82

Department of Microbiology and Virology of Odesa National University named after I.I. Mechnikov

Department of Microbiology of Lviv National Medical University named after Danylo Halytskyi

Employees of the department
Head of Department

Corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, doctor of biological sciences, senior researcher

Fedir Tovkach

Tetiana Horb

senior researcher, PhD

Liudmyla Romaniuk

senior researcher, PhD

Liudmyla Maksymenko

senior researcher, PhD

Alla Kushkina

senior researcher, PhD

Marichka Zlatohurska

researcher, PhD

Nataliia Shenderovska

junior researcher, PhD

Iuliia Faidiuk

junior researcher, PhD