Oleksandr Zinenko

Candidate of science (PhD) The Museum of Nature at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv

Dr. Zinenko is an object oriented scientist, who has expanded his long lasting interest in reptiles and amphibians, vipers in particular, into different fields of current biology ranging from population biology and life history, morphology, ecology, evolution and speciation to conservation of endangered species and their habitats. He has also recently extended his research into venom studies, research of animal patogens and microbiomes and barcoding of biodiversity. His position at the Museum of Nature is divided between research, university teaching and popularizing science. He is teaching courses of Molecular Evolution, Phylogenetics, application of molecular methods in ecology, has experience in various fields of current biology.

Selected publications

Zinenko O., Sovic M., Gibbs H. L., Joger U. Hybrid origin of European Vipers (Vipera magnifica and Vipera orlovi) from the Caucasus determined using genomic scale DNA markers. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 2016. 16:76. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-016-0647-7, Published: 12 April 2016.

Dufresnes, C., Litvinchuk, S. N., Leuenberger, J., Ghali, K., Zinenko, O., Stöck, M. and Perrin, N. (2016), Evolutionary melting pots: a biodiversity hotspot shaped by ring diversifications around the Black Sea in the Eastern tree frog (Hyla orientalis). 2016 Mol. Ecol. Sep;25(17):4285-300. doi: 10.1111/mec

Kehlmaier C, Zinenko O, Fritz U. The enigmatic Crimean green lizard (Lacerta viridis magnifica) is extinct but not valid: Mitogenomics of a 120-year-old museum specimen reveals historical introduction. J Zool Syst Evol Res. 2019; 00:1–5. https ://doi.org/10.1111/jzs.12345.

Zinenko, O.; Tovstukha, I.; Korniyenko, Y. PLA2 Inhibitor Varespladib as an Alternative to the Antivenom Treatment for Bites from Nikolsky’s Viper Vipera berus nikolskii. Toxins 2020, 12, 356. https://doi.org/10.3390/toxins12060356

Tiutenko, A., & Zinenko, O. (2021). A new species of Leptopelis (Anura, Arthroleptidae) from the south-eastern slope of the Ethiopian Highlands, with notes on the Leptopelis gramineus species complex and the revalidation of a previously synonymised species. ZooKeys, 1023, 119–150. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1023.53404



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