Ninel Belyavskaya

Dr. Belyavskaya was born on October 6, 1946 in Коrоstеn’ town in Zhitomir region. In 1969, she graduated Biology Faculty of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko State University as biologist-biophysicist. She worked in Institute of Botany of National  Academy of  Sciences of Ukraine on the positions of assistant and engineer (1969-1973 рр.), in Institute for Cancer Problems of NAS of Ukraine as junior scientist (1973-1977) and, subsequently, in Institute of Botany of NAS of Ukraine as junior, senior and leading scientist (1977–present).

In 1984, she successfully defended her thesis for the degree of Candidate of biological sciences (PhD equivalent) on the topic “Ultrastructure and cytochemistry of statocytes in pea roots at norm, clinorotation and  hypogravity” (Cytology). In 1998, Dr. Belyavskaya defended her thesis for the degree of Doctor of Biological Sciences (Doctor Scientiarum) on the topic “The role of calcium ions in graviperceptive mechanism in plants and in microgravity effects at the cellular level” (Cell Biology).

Belyavskaya N. is author and co-author of 181 publications and 2 books. She is main editor of several books, including “Formation of Adaptive Responses to Action of Abiotic Stressors” by Yu.E. Kolupaev and Yu.V. Karpets (2010), “Heterophylly in Plants” by O.M. Nedukha (2011) and “Cell Wall of Plants and Environmental Factors” by O.M. Nedukha (2015).

Areas of specialization: Cell Biology, Space Biology, Membranology.

Membership: Member of the Commission F of Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), the New York Academy of Sciences, the Ukrainian Botanical Society and the Russian Plant Physiologist Society.

Awards: Honorary medal “1500 Anniversary of Kiev”,  Bronze medal of the Exhibition of National Economics Achievements (Moscow); citation in Marqus “Who’s Who” (4th edition).


List of Main Publications:

Kordyum Е., Sytnik К., Baranenko V., Belyavskaya N.A.,  Klimchuk D, Nedukha Е. Cellular Mechanisms of Plant Adaptation to Adverse Effects of Ecological Factors upon Natural Conditions. Kyiv: Naukova Dumka, 2003. – 277 p.  (in russian).

Kordyum Е., Sytnik К., Belyavskaya N.A., Zhad’ko S., Klimchuk D, Polulyakh Yu. Modern Problems in Space Cell Biology / Problems in Space Biology, V.  73. Moscaw: Nauka, 1994. – 293 p. (in russian).

Belyavskaya N.A. Calcium and graviperception in plants: inhibitor analysis. Int. Rev. Cytol. 1996. V. 168. P. 123-185.

Belyavskaya N.A., Polishchuk O.V. Magnetotropism of roots and structure of their statocytes exposed to high gradient magnetic field. Bull. Kharkiv Natl. Agrarian Univ. Series Biology.  2014. Issue 1 (31). С. 55-65.

Stepanov S.S., Belyavskaya N.A.,  Zolotareva E.K. Catalase activity and ultrastructure сhanges of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii сells induced by methanol. Bull. Kharkiv Natl. Agrarian Univ. Series Biology. 2012. Issue 1 (25). P. 23-31.

Belyavskaya N.A., Kondrachuk A.V., Polishchuk O.V. Changes in the topography of cellular components in pea root statocytes exposed to high gradient magnetic field // J. Gravitat. Physiol. – 2005. – V. 12, N 1. – P. 207-208.

Belyavskaya N.A. Morphogenesis of adventitious roots of Sium latifolium L. at the tissue and cellular levels under water deficit. Horticul. Veget. Growing. 2004. V. 23, N 2. P. 35-45.

Belyavskaya N.A. Biological effects due to weak magnetic fields on plants. Adv. Space Res. 2004. V. 34, N 7. P. 1566-1574.

Belyavskaya N.A. Changes in calcium signaling, gravitropism, and statocyte ultrastructure in pea roots induced by calcium channel blockers // J. Grav. Physiol. 2004. – 11 (2): P. 209-210.

Belyavskaya N.A.  Gravicurvature loss, changes in ultrastructure and calcium balance of pea root statocytes treated with chlorpromazine.  J. Gravitat. Physiol.  2003.  V. 10, N 1. P. 21-22.

Belyavskaya N.A.  Ultrastructure and calcium balance in meristem cells of pea roots exposed to extremely low magnetic fields. Adv. Space Res. 2001, V. 28, N 4, P. 645-650.

Kondrachuk A.V., Belyavskaya N.A. The influence of the HGMF on mass charge transfer in gravi-sensing cells of higher plant roots. J. Gravitat. Physiol. 2001, V. 8, N 1, P. 37-38.

Belyavskaya N.A. Cellular responses to moderate water stress in root cells of  Alisma plantago aquatica. Horticul. Veget. Growing., 2000, V. 19, N 3, P. 334-344.

Belyavskaya N.A., Tsarik N.P. Calcium balance in pea root statocytes under both clinorotation and Ca2+ channel blockers influence. Adv. Space Res. 1998, V. 21, P. 1225-1228.

Belyavskaya N.A. Free and membrane-bound calcium in microgravity and microgravity effects at the membrane level. Adv. Space Res. 1996, V. 17, P. 169-177.

Belyavskaya N.A. Promoting calcium binding to pea root cell membranes by calcium chloride and clinostating. Reports of the Natl. Acad. of Sci of Ukraine. 1994.  № 2. С. 172-174.

Belyavskaya N.A. The function of calcium in plant graviperception. Adv. Space Res. 1992. V. 12. P. 83-91.

Kordyum E.L., Belyavskaya N.A. Nedukha E.M., Palladina T.A., Tarasenko V.A. The role of calcium ions in cytological effects of hypogravity. Adv. Space Res. 1984. V. 4, № 12. P. 23-26.

Sytnik K.M., Kordyum E.L., Nedukha E.M., Belyavskaya N.A., Tarasenko V.A. Biological effects of weightlessness and clinostatic conditions registered in cells of higher plant root meristem and cap. Adv. Space Res. 1983. V. 3, № 9. P. 251-255.