Laboratory of Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine

Head of Laboratory:Sholpan Askarova    

We organize and manage research in the field of bioengineering and regenerative medicine using in vitro and in vivo approach for future clinical use.

OUR TEAM: 6 Doctors of Philosophy (PhD), 2 Doctors of Medicine (MD) and 6 Masters of Science (MSc)


  • Development of bioengineered systems for delivery of drugs and cells, and synthesis of polymer bioconjugates, hydrogels, scaffolds for tissue regeneration and organ repair:
  • Preclinical testing of new osteophilic polymer for the treatment of bone fractures in osteoporosis and related pathologies
  • Preclinical testing of an oral form of the uricase enzyme intended for the treatment of gout
  • Preclinical testing of biologically active wound dressing designed for the treatment of skin burns and venous ulcers
  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases:
  • Study the role of astrocyte senescence as a component of Alzheimer’s disease and search for potential therapeutics
  • Study risk factors as well as potential blood biomarkers in order to develop tools for early diagnosis of severe forms of age-related dementia
  • Development of new treatment strategy against ischemic brain damage based on combined application of stem cell therapy and plant polyphenols
  •  Small Molecules for Stem Cell and Drug Research:
  • Studying the molecular mechanisms of activation of aged stem cells by applying small molecules
  • Studying the efficacy of inhibiting toxic proteins secreted by ageing cells using novel small molecules
  • Development of technology based on the use of small molecules that increase the sensitivity of cancer cells to radio-chemotherapy


  • Molecular Imager IVIS Spectrum
  • Multifunctional Hybrid Reader Synergy H1
  • ChemiDoc MP Bio-Rad imaging system
  • Inverted Fluorescence microscope Olympus IX83
  • Clinical Chemistry Analyser RX daytona+
  • Multiplexing Imager MSD QuickPlex SQ 120


  • Osteoporosis modeling;
  • Bone fracture modeling;
  • Liver damage modeling;
  • Focal cerebral ischemia model by endovascular suture occlusion of the middle cerebral artery;
  • In-vitro skin regeneration assessment;
  • Primary human neurons isolation and culture;
  • Primary human astrocytes isolation and culture;
  • Rodent and human mesenchymal stem cells isolation and culture;
  • Cell proliferation assays;
  • Determination of cell senescence using senescence-associated beta-galactosidase;
  • Detecting SASP (senescence associated secretory phenotype) using Mesoscale Discovery
  • Replicative senescence of human cells;
  • Creation of luciferase expressing cell lines with lentiviral particles;
  • Incapsulation of antiviral drugs into red blood cell ghosts;
  • ATRP (atom transfer radical polymerization) synthesis;
  • Quanititative fluorescent microscopy;
  • Confocal microscopy;
  • In-vivo fluorescent imaging;
  • Gel-electrophoresis and Western blot;
  • Flow cytometry;

We believe that our facilities, experience and trained personnel are in a strong position to invite interested researchers from NU Schools or affiliated organisations for collaboration. Please, contact Dr. Sh. Askarova at for further information.  

Main publications:

  1. Kulzhan Berikkhanova,  Rustam Omarbaev, Alexandr Gulyayev, Zarina Shulgau, Dilbar Ibrasheva, Gulsim Adilgozhina, Zhaxybay Zhumadilov, and Sholpan Askarova. Red blood cell ghosts as promising drug carriers to target wound infections // Medical Engineering & Physics 000 (2016) 1-8.
  2.  Donghui Zhu, Brittani L Bungart, Xiaoguang Yang, Zhaxybay Zhumadilov, James C-M. Lee and Sholpan Askarova. Role of Membrane Biophysics in Alzheimer's - related cell pathways // Frontiers in Neuroscience 2015; 9(186), 13 p.
  3. Alimbetov D, Davis T, Brook AJ, Cox LS, Faragher RG, Nurgozhin T, Zhumadilov Z, Kipling D (2015) – “Suppression of the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP) in human fibroblasts using small molecule inhibitors of p38 MAP kinase and MK2/ Biogerontology
  4. Y. Jin, M. H. Gordon, D. Alimbetov, M. F.-F. Chong, T. W. George, J. P. E. Spencer, O. B. Kennedy, K. M. Tuohy, A.-M. Minihane and J. A. Lovegrove (2015) - Introduction of plasma vitamin C and Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power into a combined biomarker with plasma carotenoids increases the association with fruit and vegetable intake. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 
  5. Kulakov, I. V., Shulgau, Z.T, Turdybekov, K. M., Turdybekov, D. M., Sadyrbekov D.T. Synthesis, steric structure, and biological activity of 5-methyl-2-(morpholin-4-ylamino)-5,6-dihydro-4H-1,3-thiazin-4-one. Russian Journal of General Chemistry, Vol. 85 (2), 2015 – p. 467-471
  6. Sonia D’Souza, Hironobu Murata, Moncy Jose, Sholpan Askarova, Yuliya Yantsen, Jill Andersen, Collin Edington, Richard R. Koepsel, Alan J. Russell. “Cell membrane engineering by ATRP synthesis of a bone targeting polymer”. Biomaterials, 2014 DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2014.07.041 
  7. Garrett Jeffries, Yerbol Mussin, Denis S. Bulanin, Laura W. Lund, Ergin Kocyildirim, Zhaksybay Zh. Zhumadilov, Farkhad S. Olzhayev, William J. Federspiel, Peter D. Wearden. Pre-clinical evaluation of an adult extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal system with active mixing for pediatric respiratory support//Int J Artif Organs 2014; 37(12): 888 – 899. DOI:10.5301/ijao.5000372 
  8. Anna L Macready, Trevor W George, Mary F Chong, Dauren S Alimbetov, et al. (2014) Flavonoid-rich fruit and vegetables improve microvascular reactivity and inflammatory status in men at risk of cardiovascular disease—FLAVURS: a randomized controlled trial.Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Mar;99(3):479-89. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.113.074237
  9. Mussin Y.A., Bulanin D.S., Jeffries R.G., Zhumadilov Zh.Sh., Olzhayev F.S., Federspiel W.J. Evaluation of extracorporeal gas exchange device HEMOLUNG for potential application in pediatric practice.// Vestnik of Transplantation and Artificial Organs. № 4. P. 125-134 DOI: 10.15825/1995-1191-2014-4-125-134 
  10. Andrey Tsoy, Tamara Shalakhmetova, Bauyrzhan Umbayev, Sholpan Askarova. Role of ROS in Aβ42 mediated cell surface P-selectin expression and actin polymerization// Neurology Asia 2014; 19(3) : 309 – 316
  11. Askarova, S., Sun, Z., Sun, G. Y., Meininger, G. A., and Lee, J. C. M. Amyloid-beta Peptide on Sialyl-Lewis X-Selectin-Mediated Membrane Tether Mechanics at the Cerebral Endothelial Cell Surface // PLoS ONE 2013; 8(4):
  12. Mahmoud K.E., Shalahmetova T.M., Deraz Sh. N., Umbayev B.A. Antioxidant Biological Effects of Crude Oil and its Inorganic Component (Vanadium) in Liver and Kidney of Rats.// Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances. Vol. 11(5): 692-699
  13. Chong MF, George TW,Alimbetov D, et al. (2012) Impact of the quantity and flavonoid content of fruits and vegetables on markers of intake in adults with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease: the FLAVURS trial. European Journal of Nutrition. Published online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1007/s00394-012-0343-3 
  14. Sholpan Askarova, Xiaoguang Yang, Wenwen Sheng, Grace Y. Sun, and James C-M. Lee. Role of Aβ-Receptor for advanced endproducts in oxidative stress and cytosolic phospholipase A2 activation in astrocytes and cerebral endothelial cells. Neuroscience 2011; 199:375-385.
  15. Sholpan Askarova, Xiaoguang Yang, James C-M. Lee.  Impacts of Membrane Biophysics in Alzheimer’s disease: From Amyloid Precursor Protein Processing to Aβ Peptide-Induced Membrane Changes. International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 2011; volume 2011, Article ID 134971, 12 pages, doi:10.4061/2011/134971.
  16. Y Jin, D Alimbetov, T George, MH. Gordon and JA Lovegrove (2011) A randomised trial to investigate the effects of acute consumption of a blackcurrant juice on markers of vascular reactivity and bioavailability of anthocyanins in human subjects. European journal of clinical nutrition. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2011.55
  17. M. Shalahmetova, K.E. Mahmoud, B.A. Umbayev. Biochemical Assessment of the Effects of Crude Oil and Ciprofloxacin Intoxication on Liver of Male Rats// Eurasian Chemico-Technological Journal. Vol 13, No 3-4 (2011)
  18. Mahmoud K. E, Shalahmetova T., Deraz Sh., Umbayev B. Combined effect of vanadium and nickel on lipid peroxidation and selected parameters of antioxidant system in liver and kidney of male rat. //African Journal of Biotechnology. Vol. 10(79): 18319-18325