College of Health and Human Services


Brain Biomarkers Research Lab

The Brain Biomarkers Research Lab consists of four main researchers. Short bios for each is below:


Dr. Svetlana Dambinova


Description: DSA_official_3_4Dr. Svetlana Dambinova, DSc, PhD, Distinguished Professor WellStar College of Health & Human Services is supervising the Laboratory. At present she is the PI of $2.4M 3-year USA Department of Defense grant DM090557: Validation of AMPA Receptor Peptide Assay to Improve Diagnostic Certainty of mTBI.


Professor Dambinova has more 35 years’ experience in Molecular Neurobiology, Neurochemistry and Laboratory Medicine. She received her doctorate degree in Biochemistry and obtained her Doctor of Science degree at the Institute of Experimental Medicine in Russia. She has held academic appointments at The Institute of Human Brain, Pavlov’ State Medical University in St. Petersburg, Russia, and numerous visiting professorships around the world.  Dr. Dambinova’s research accomplishments included studying the role of ionotropic glutamate receptors in mechanisms of stroke and traumatic brain injury.


Dr. Dambinova research has focused on laboratory diagnostics of neurological disorders. She supervises the molecular biological studies of glutamate neuroreceptors, experimental and clinical research of neurotoxicity biomarkers. She is a co-PI of several multicenter clinical trials in Europe, Russia, and USA.


In 2003-2004, Dr. Dambinova was named by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, by 4th International Conference “Biochemical Markers for Brain Damage” in 2005, and by NACB award at annual AACC 2009 and 2010 meetings for outstanding research in the field of stroke diagnostics. She has given lectures at International conferences and seminars at more than 30 major Universities in Germany, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, Spain, and USA. She contributed to more than 300 scientific publications including 3 textbooks and has mentored 33 PhD students.


Dr. Dambinova served as a President of the Russian Society for Neurochemistry (1994-2000). She has organized 8 International Conferences, including the 33rd IUPS Meeting (1997) and the 12th Biennial European Society for Neurochemistry Meeting (1998) in St. Petersburg, Russia. At present Dr. Dambinova is a member of the American Heart Association, National Stroke Association, European & International Neurochemistry Societies, American Association for Clinical Chemistry, National Neurotrauma Society, USA and a faculty of BMBD Association.



Dr. Alexey V. Shikuev

Dr. Alexey V. Shikuev is clinical research coordinator for biomarker studies in traumatic brain injury. He earned his medical degree in 2005 from St. Petersburg State Medical Pediatric Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia.

He began his medical career as a physician’s assistant in the cardiac intensive care ambulance squad in St. Petersburg, earning a medical degree in pediatrics at St. Petersburg State Medical Pediatric Academy, followed by an internship in pediatrics. He completed his residency in neurology at the St. Petersburg State Medical Pediatric Academy in 2008. He also served as a neurologist at Mariinsky Hospital, Stroke Unit, in St. Petersburg.

From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Shikuev served as a visiting research scholar and a research investigator at Emory University. He also serves as a research associate with Pavlov State Medical University, Department of Neurology, St. Petersburg.

Since 2011 Dr. Shikuev has been appointed as research fellow at KSU.



Dr. Alexander Vasil’evich Panov

Dr. Alexander Vasil’evich Panov is an expert in brain and spinal cord trauma, and his research focuses on finding new methods of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of the trauma. He earned his medical degree in 1962 from the State Medical School, Novosibirsk, Russia, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1970, also from the State Medical School.

He has served as an instructor in the Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases at Emory University and as senior scientist, ALS/Neuromuscular Disease Center at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

His research has been published in 57 peer-reviewed publications, including the American Journal of Physiology, Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology and the journal Doklady Biological Sciences.




Dr. Galina Izykenova

Dr.Galina Izykenova is the chief technology officer at GRACE Laboratories in Atlanta, Ga.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1980 from Irkutsk State University, Irkutsk, Russia and her Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1992 from Russian Commonwealth University, Moscow.

Since 2002, Izykenova has served as associate professor of neurochemistry at St. Petersburg’s State Medical University, St. Petersburg, Russia. From 2002 – 2005 she was a visiting professor at Emory University.