The BioPhyMeTRE project

Institute of Radiation Safety and Ecology

The Institute of Radiation Safety and Ecology (IRSE) is located in Kurchatov city and is a branch of the Republican State Enterprise “National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan (RSE NNC RK). The total area of the Institute is about 21 hectares. The Institute is currently located in the territory of the former sector of military unit 52605 and deployed in five laboratory and four administrative buildings.

The main scientific line of the Institute’s activity is comprehensive research into the former Semipalatinsk Test Site (STS), development and implementation of measures for securing the radioecological situation in the STS and adjacent territories.

Strategic areas of the Institute’s activity are:

ensuring safe conditions  of venues of nuclear tests conducted in RK, drastic solution to problems of the former Semipalatinsk Test Site and other places of nuclear testing;

establishing and providing a scientific and technical support for the personnel and RK population doses state system of accounting  and inspection in order to  ensure a sustainable reduction in doses for the country’s population;

establishing and developing the state monitoring system of radiation-hazardous  RK sites for the purpose of providing state authorities and the population with up-to-date information on the state of radiation-hazardous site of  RK;

implementing measures for securing radiation-hazardous sites in rk.

the personnel strength of the Institute is 290 staff members, of them – 12 Candidates of Sciences (PhD), 38 graduate students, 198 research specialists, of who 161 employees with university degrees.

The Institute actively cooperates both with republican and international organizations: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), NATO, research laboratories in the USA and Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and others.

Laura Kenzhina
NATO Partner country Project Directors (PPD)

Geneticist, Ph.D. in medical radiobiology. Head of the group of epidemiological and dosimetric studies at the Institute of Radiation Safety and Ecology of the National Nuclear Center of Kazakhstan since 2015. Has experience in clinical genetics since 1998, in radiation medicine since 2005. His research interests include studying the genetic consequences of the long-term activity of the Semipalatinsk test site, assessing the effect of prolonged chronic exposure on health and life expectancy, mechanisms for the development of individual radiosensitivity and radioresistance. Of particular interest in cytogenetic dosimetry and the calculation of an individual radiation dose in emergencies are associated with occupational exposure risk.

Dina Biyakhmetova
Young scientist, PhD student

Biologist, has a Master Degree in biology focused on the area of zoology. She is currently PhD student in “Physics”. She is specialist of the group of biodosimetry researches since 2019. Her main scientific activity and work focused on Semipalatinsk test site researching and it’s different effects on local living organisms, especially human.  Works on analysis, scoring and indication of chromosomal aberrations in human blood metaphasic irradiated cells, participates in studies aimed to assessment and correlation of radiation doses to the local population.

Fail Zhamaldinov
Young scientist, PhD student

Physicist, has a master’s degree in physics in the field of “Physical and Technical Problems of Nuclear Energy“. He is currently continuing his postgraduate studies. He is an engineer in the laboratory of nuclear physics analysis methods since 2015.Work and scientific activity are related to the study of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and the impact of the consequences on the population. Engaged in spectrometric measurements (alpha, beta, gamma) and analysis of the results, participates in studies to assess radiation doses to the population.

Address for contact

Dr. Antonella Testa

ENEA – Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development

Casaccia Research Center

Via Anguillarese, 301 – 00123 Rome, Italy


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