I have worked on different aspects of microbial biotechnology since 2009 with focus on the production of fuels, food and feed using yeasts. My previous research has involved several species of yeasts including Komagataella pastoris (syn. Pichia pastoris), the biocontrol yeast Wickerhamomyces anomalus, the ethanol-producing yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Dekkera bruxellensis as well as the oleaginous basidiomycete yeasts Rhodotorula glutinis and Rhodotorula toruloides.
Much of my research during the last couple of years involved using omics tools to identify the genetic basis of biotechnology relevant traits in non-conventional yeasts. My current research focuses on the development of yeast-mediated bioconversion processes as part of a transition towards sustainable biotechnologies to ensure global welfare.
Yeasts are versatile biocatalysts that can find many applications in a future biobased economy to supply the global population with goods in an environmentally sustainable way.
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Education and degrees
Bachelor of Science with Honors, Department of Biochemistry,V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (KNU), Kharkiv, Ukraine
Master of Science with Honors, Department of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, Institute of Cell Biology, Lviv, Ukraine
Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Microbiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden (Thesis)
Postdoc, Department of Microbiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
Researcher, Department of Molecular Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
Visiting researcher, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Postdoc, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Supervision of students
Pedagogic practice in school
Lectures in graduate course “Biotechnology” at SLU
Lectures in postgraduate course: “Biomass processing” within Bioenergy school at SLU Assistance for the courses “Energisystem i biogeovetenskapligt perspektiv” BI0987, “Biokemi, mikrobiologi och cellbiologi” BI0856 at SLU
Blomqvist J, South E, Tiukova I, Momeni MH, Hansson H, Ståhlberg J, Horn SJ, Schnürer J, Passoth V (2011) Fermentation of lignocellulosic hydrolysate by the alternative industrial ethanol yeast Dekkera bruxellensis. _Lett Appl Microbiol_ 53:73- 78. (Link)
Passoth V, Tabassum MR, Nair HA, Olstorpe M, Tiukova I, Ståhlberg J (2013) Enhanced ethanol production from wheat straw by integrated storage and pre- treatment (ISP). _Enzyme Microb Technol_ 52:105-110. (Link)
de Barros Pita W, Tiukova I, Leite FC, Passoth V, Simões DA, de Morais MA Jr (2013). The influence of nitrate on the physiology of the yeast _Dekkera bruxellensis_ grown under oxygen limitation. Yeast 30: 111-117. (Link)
Tiukova IA, Petterson ME, Tellgren-Roth C, Bunikis I, Eberhard T, Pettersson OV, Passoth V (2013). Transcriptome of the alternative ethanol production strain _Dekkera bruxellensis_ CBS 11270 in sugar limited, low oxygen cultivation. _PLoS One_ 8: e58455. (Link)
Tiukova I, Eberhard T, Passoth V (2014). Interaction of _Lactobacillus vini_ with the ethanol-producing yeasts _Dekkera bruxellensis_ and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. _Biotechnol Appl Biochem_ 61: 40-44. (Link)
Tiukova IA, de Barros Pita W, Sundell D, Haddad Momeni M, Horn SJ, Ståhlberg J, de Morais MA Jr, Passoth V (2014). Adaptation of _Dekkera bruxellensis_ to lignocellulose-based substrate. _Biotechnol Appl Biochem_ 61: 51-57. (Link)
Remi-Andre Olsen, Ignas Bunikis, Tiukova I., Holmberg K., Britta Lötstedt B., Vinnere Pettersson O., Passoth V., Käller M., Vezzi F., Lotstedt B., Kaller M (2015). De novo assembly of Dekkera bruxellensis: a multi technology approach using short and long-read sequencing and optical mapping. _GIGASCIENCE_ 4. (Link)