Second presentation of a new series of scientific seminars on 3rd of February 2017

The second presentation of a new series of scientific seminars took place on 3rd of February 2017 in the seminar room on the second floor of the UT's Translational Medicine Centre (Ravila 14b, Tartu). 


The presentation was given by Olga Tšuiko, who is a PhD student from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (UT). The title of her presentation was: "Unraveling chromosomal instability in early cleavage stage embryos using bovine as a model".


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SEARMET PhD students' seminar with prof. Alireza Fazeli and prof. William Holt



Last seminar in the series of PhD students' seminars took place on 2nd of February 2017. This time we had professor William Holt from the University of Sheffield visiting us. His main research has focused on the methods for the assessment and preservation of gametes, especially spermatozoa, in a variety of species. More information about prof. William Holt can be found here:

The agenda of the seminar was following:






Alireza Fazeli




Marilin Ivask


"High-fat diet influence on Wfs1 heterozygous mice"


Freddy Lättekivi


"Offspring of long-snouted seahorses on different diets: de novo transcriptome assembly and analysis of differentially expressed genes"


Ulrika Tuppits


"Local inflammatory response in mares’s uterus before and after insemination with frozen-thawed semen"


Aili Tagoma


„The effect of extracellular vesicles in fetal bovine serum on Jar sphere outgrowth“


Small break




Rutt Taba


"RNA sequencing of bovine blastocysts"


Lidiia Zhytnik


"Genetic predisposition to Osteogenesis Imperfecta"


Hanneloore Kiiver


„The effects of milk progesterone and activity level on pregnancy rate in Holstein dairy cows using the Ovsynch protocol”


Aili Tagoma


Discussion about Marie-Sklodowska Curie postdoc application

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First presentation of a new series of scientific seminars on 16th of January 2017

We are excited to announce that the first presentation of a new series of scientific seminars was very successful. It took place on 16th of January in the seminar room on the second floor of the UT's Translational Medicine Centre (Ravila 14b, Tartu). 


The presentation was given by Shaghayegh Basatvat, who is a PhD student from the Alireza Fazeli's research group at the University of Sheffield. The title of her presentation was: "Investigating the Tribbles-2 modulation of innate immune system during embryo implantation using 2D and 3D cell culture models".


If you have any questions or suggestions about our next Journal Club presentations, please contact: Hemminki Otstavel (, +37256354033


Last SEARMET Steering Committee meeting in Pärnu in November 2016

 Last SEARMET Steering Committee meeting  took place in Pärnu, Estonia on 21-23rd of  November. Different kind of project activities and  upcoming trainings were discussed. Also, further  funding opportunities and upcoming research  proposals were discussed between partners and  possible collaborators from Poland, Germany, UK  and Italy.


SEARMET meeting in Tartu 17-19th of October 2016

  Our last SEARMET project meeting took place in Tartu from17-      19th of October. On 17th of October, project team had a Steering  Committee meeting where different kind of project specific details  and activities were discussed. In the afternoon, prof. Poul Hyttel  from the University of Copenhagen conducted a workshop on  topic "How do animal and human biomedicine benefit from each  other?". Several PhD students, researchers and other staff  members from EMU, UT and CCHT participated.







On 18th of October experts from UCPH provided supervision for EMU staff in the laboratory, where they had discussions about in vitro embryo production; preparations for oocyte aspiration, IVM and preparations for OPU. In the afternoon EMU's OPU-technicians Jevgeni Kurykin and Andres Reilent carried out the procedure in Rahinge Farm. After practical part OPU IVM and discussions about IVF and IVC were conducted. At the same time, prof. Poul Hyttel from UCPH and prof. Alireza Fazeli from USFD had a tour of the facilities and laboratories of the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in University of Tartu.

During the last day of the meeting, conclusions about the work at the laboratory and protocols on bovine IVF embryo production were discussed between the project partners.

Seminar for PhD students in Tartu on 12th of October

The main purpose of this seminar is to give an opportunity for PhD students from EMU and UT to present their research and receive recommendations and feedback for their future work. Each of the students will give a 15-minute presentation on specific topic as for example the last experiment that was done in the laboratory or an experiment that was just finished. Also the presentations on the future experimental project and design are suggested. After each presentation, there will be a discussion. In the result of these seminars the quality of the research will increase.

SEARMET meeting in Sheffield in July 2016

SEARMET first project meeting in UK, Sheffield took place on 17 - 23rd of July 2016. The meeting was very productive and useful. Staff people from USFD gave several interesting lectures on topics such as IP and Commercialisation at the University of Sheffield, EU grants and how to write research funding proposals. More specific reasearch presentations included topics such as "Using different implantation models in vivo and In vitro to decipher cross-talk between embryo and Mother", "Biodiversity and epigenetics; what can we learn from exotic species?", "Imaging and analysis in 5D, X,Y,Z,T,Lambda", "Characterising extracellular vesicles produced by Reproductive cells" and "Different implantation models". In the evenings our hosts from USFD had organized different entertaining events, for example hiking around the lake.




Professor Alireza Fazeli visited EMU researchers in May 2016

Professor Alireza Fazeli from the University of Sheffield visited Tartu from 29 - 31 of May 2016. He listened to presentations from the researchers of SEARMET Estonian partners, Estonian University of Life Sciences and University of Tartu. Eight students from EMU and UT introduced their work to Professor Fazeli. The whole aim of the visit was to help researchers with their research work and give them more support and useful advice on how to conduct their work. The expert from UK was also entertained outside of the academic environment. Professor Fazeli and project coordinator Hector Pagan attended Tartumaa Folk Dance Festival „HINGEPUU“ in Raadi park where Professor Ülle Jaakma from EMU was performing.

   Professors Alireza Fazeli and Ülle Jaakma during Tartumaa Folk Dance Festival „HINGEPUU“ in Raadi park. Image: Alireza Fazeli

SEARMET meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark in 4 - 7th of April 2016

During our SEARMET Denmark meeting people from EMU, UT and USFD were given a tour around the facilities at the Frederiksberg Campus at UCPH. Presentations, IVF, OPU.



SEARMET kick-off meeting in Estonia in February 2016

SEARMET project official kick-off meeting took place in Tartu, Estonia in February 2016. During three days, our partners from the University of Copenhagen and the University of Sheffield were introduced to the people working for SEARMET project from the University of Tartu and Estonian University of Life Sciences. Experts from UCPH and USFD conducted several workshops for EMU's staff on topics such as how to develop innovative and effective methods for translating periconception research into course content and how to do conference presentations. Partners from Denmark and UK also had the tours of the facilities of EMU, UT and the National Centre for Translational and Clinical Research. For cultural exchange purposes, our guests were taken to South-Estonia for an Estonian dinner.