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Valeriia Mishcherikova

ORDIC iD: 0000-0001-7837-3438

Tel. +370 606 28 804

E-mail: valeriia.mishcherikova@lammc.lt

Liepų St. 1, Girionys, LT-53101 Kaunas dist., Lithuania


  • 2019–2023 Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry. PhD thesis: „Functional diversity of microbial communities in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) forests in the process of climate change”.
  • 2017–2018 V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine. Master thesis: „Morphologic and cultural characteristic of some representatives of Morchella genus”. Modules studied: methods of spatial analysis in mycology, methods of fungal taxonomy, methodology and organization of scientific research, molecular methods in mycology, nature conservation affairs, system biology, fungal physiology.
  • 2005–2009 V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine. Modules studied: plant anatomy, fungal biodiversity, and basics of mycosozology, biochemistry, botany, genetics, genetics of fungi, soil science, ecology, plant disease diagnostics, general and agricultural plant pathology, forest plant pathology, molecular basics of plant resistance, molecular biology, mathematical methods in biology.

Research fields

  • Mycology, plant endophytes, plant diseases
  • Systems biology and bioinformatics
  • Population genetics and epidemiology
  • Geographic information systems

Professional experience

  • Sampling, isolation, culturing and identification of wood-inhabiting fungi, inoculation techniques (pathogenicity and virulence tests)
  • Molecular techniques (DNA extraction, amplification by PCR, electrophoresis)
  • Knowledge in forestry and ecology
  • Knowledge and experience in working with GIS – for collecting, managing, analysing, modelling, and presenting geographic or spatial data; R, Phyton 3, Statistica SPSS – for statistic and data analysis
  • User skills of working with Linux (bash, work on the server), Windows, basic knowledge of SQL, GitHub, skills of working in different databases (NBCI, KEGG, etc.)

Other activities

  • April 21–22, 2021 – attending in NEFOM workshop (April 20) and linked PhD course
  • February 21–23, 2020 – attending in MESeDeS training school
  • 2020–2021 – participation in the international biotechnology innovation laboratory and hackathon “Biocatalyst: Building the Biotech Community in the Baltics”
  • 2017–2020 – a Red Cross Volunteer working with children
  • 2015 – present, a volunteer in the Kharkov Rehabilitation Center for Bats
  • 2008–2016 – a volunteer and curator of organisation “League of Aid to Animals”; in-service training

In-service training

  • August 1–7, 2022 UT Summer University course: Metabarcoding: from Lab to Bioinformatics
  • May 13–17, 2022 Summer camp for LAMMC PhD students and young researchers
  • October 17 – December 12, 2021 Internship “Analysis and modelling of the spatial distribution of microorganisms colonizing Scots pine and Norway spruce in the process of climate change”, University of Krakow
  • November 9 – December 3, 2021 PhD course “Soil system: Analytical methods for integrating the chemical, biophysical interface in soils”

Involvement in programs and projects

  • August 17 – December 31, 2020 “Sustainable use of soil resources in the changing climate”, young researcher
  • January 2019 – December 2021 “Dynamic changes and restoration of soil properties, fungal and insect communities following clearcutting and biomass utilization in pine ecosystems”, young researcher


Articles in journals indexed in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science database

  1. Mishcherikova V., Lynikienė J., Marčiulynas A., Gedminas A., Prylutskyi O., Marčiulynienė D., Menkis A. 2023. Biogeography of fungal communities associated with Pinus sylvestris L. and Picea abies (L.) H. Karst. along the latitudinal gradient in Europe. Journal of Fungi, 9 (8): 829. IF – 5,2
  2. Marčiulynienė D., Marčiulynas A., Mishcherikova V., Lynikienė J., Gedminas A., Franic I., Menkis A. 2022. Principal drivers of fungal communities associated with needles, shoots, roots and adjacent soil of Pinus sylvestris. Journal of Fungi, 8 (10): 1112. IF – 4,7
  3. Bakys R., Bajerkevičienė G., Pliūra A., Marčiulynas A., Marčiulynienė D., Lynikienė J., Mishcherikova V., Menkis A. 2022. Fungal communities in re-emerging Fraxinus excelsior sites in Lithuania and their antagonistic potential against Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. Microorganisms, 10 (10): 1940. IF – 4,5
  4. Vaitiekūnaitė D., Striganavičiūtė G., Mishcherikova V., Sirgedaitė-Šėžienė V. 2022. Populus tremula × P. alba microshoot secondary metabolism response after Paenibacillus sp. inoculation in vitro. Forests, 13 (10): 1702.  IF – 2,9
  5. Marčiulynas A., Marčiulynienė D., Mishcherikova V., Franić I., Lynikienė J., Gedminas A., Menkis A. 2022. High variability of fungal communities associated with the functional tissues and rhizosphere soil of Picea abies in the southern Baltics. Forests, 13 (7): 1103. IF – 2,9
  6. Povilaitienė A., Gedminas A., Varnagirytė-Kabašinskienė I., Marčiulynienė D., Marčiulynas A., Lynikienė J., Mishcherikova V., Menkis A. 2022. Changes in chemical properties and fungal communities of mineral soil after clear-cutting and reforestation of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) sites. Forests, 13 (11): 1780. IF – 2,9