Founded in 1975 as an independent research institution, now part of Vilnius University, the Institute of Biotechnology strives to maintain the high standards of excellence in scientific endeavour, research training and technological advance with its main focus in a broadly defined field of molecular biotechnology including nucleic acid and protein technologies, bioinformatics, molecular diagnostics, drug design, next generation epigenomic and gene editing technologies. The Institute provides an interface between advanced education, basic research and technological development for the economic and social benefit of Lithuania.


Department of Eukaryote Gene Engineering


Head of laboratory:

Prof. K?stutis Sasnauskas
Dr. Gintautas Žvirblis (since 2008)

Lab Members:

Alma Gedvilait?, Ph. D.
Aušra Ražanskien?, Ph. D.
Rimantas Slibinskas, Ph.D.
Rokas Abraitis, Ph. D.
Asta Abraitien?, Ph. D.
Rasa Petraityt?-Burneikien?, Ph. D.
Aist? Bulavait?, Ph. D.
Linas Antoniukas, Ph. D.
Raimundas Ražanskas, Ph. D.


Vaiva Kazanavi?i?t?, Ph. D.
Eimantas Astromskas, Ph. D.
Milda Ple?kaityt?, Ph. D.

PhD Students:

Mindaugas Juozapaitis, M. Sc.
Egl? Mažeik?, M. Sc.
Evaldas ?iplys, M. Sc.
Rita Vorobjovien?, M. Sc.
Erna Biveinyt?, M.Sc.
Paulius Lukas Tamoši?nas, M. Sc.
Milda Žilinskait?, M. Sc.


Dalia Grit?nait?
Justinas Janulevi?ius
Jonas Dabrišius
R?ta Meleckyt?
Agota Au?ynait?


Elena ?eberakien?
Galina Kondratovi?


Research projects and teams

Hamster polyomavirus-derived virus-like particles

Expression of glycoproteins of mump and measles viruses in yeast

Technology development of long-acting recombinant proteins

Hantavirus vaccine and diagnostic tools

Biotechnological approaches to improve plant cold tolerance

Detection and elimination of viroids and phytoplasmas