An article on palmitoylcarnitine induced muscle-specific insulin resistance is highlighted on the front cover of journal BioFactors

An article by our scientists Edgars Liepinsh, Marina Makrecka-Kuka, Elina Makarova, Kristine Volska, Karlis Vilks, Eduards Sevostjanovs, Unigunde Antone, Janis Kuka, Reinis Vilskersts, Daina Lola, Einars Loza, Solveiga Grinberga and Maija Dambrova Acute and long-term administration of palmitoylcarnitine induces muscle-specific insulin resistance in mice  is highlighted on the front cover of the journal BioFactors.
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Achievements in Electrochemical Synthesis

Our researchers Olesja Koleda and prof. Edgars Suna in collaboration with colleagues from Rostock University, Ruhr-University Bochum and Max-Planck Institute have discovered electrosynthesis of benzoxazoles.

Method is published in Journal of Organic Chemistry  (Impact Factor 4.849, 2016):
Synthesis of Benzoxazoles Using Electrochemically Generated Hypervalent Iodine.









This article is also August 25th ACS Editors’ Choice (

Angewandte Chemie accepted article from LIOS

Angewandte Chemie, one of the leading general chemistry journals (Impact Factor 11.994 (2016)),  accepted article:

Martins Otikovs, Marlene Andersson, Qiupin Jia, Kerstin Nordling, Qing Meng, Loren B. Andreas, Guido Pintacuda, Jan Johansson, Anna Rising, Kristaps Jaudzems. Biomimicry of artificial spider silk spinning assessed by NMR. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 10.1002/anie.201706649




On February 1st, 2017 ESFRI EU-OPENSCREEN ( Coordinator Phil Gribbon and Scientific Manager Bahne Stechmann presented the goals and objectives of the European infrastructure for chemical biology, supporting life science research. The possibilities for Latvia to join EU-OPENSCREEN were discussed. Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, the Latvian Academy of Sciences, the State Education Development Agency, University of Latvia, Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre, Riga Stradiņš University and Riga Technical University participated in the seminar. The seminar was organized as a feedback to the InnovaBalt project external evaluation recommendation for better exploitation of the LIOS experience and capacities and proactive international integration.



Photo: E. Liepiņš


Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis announces post-doctoral competition


Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis announces the opening of the competition for preliminary selection of post-doctoral applications for submission to the State Education Development Agency (SEDA) for the project call for the Activity “Post-doctoral Research Aid” of the Specific Aid Objective 1.1.1 “To increase the research and innovative capacity of scientific institutions of Latvia and the ability to attract external financing, investing in human resources and infrastructure” of the Operational Programme “Growth and Employment”.

Duration of the competition:  from 09.09.2016. till 17:00 of 14.10.2016.

Documents of the preliminary selection:

Post-doctoral researcher may submit the application:

  • In person – Room 209, Aizkraukles Street 21, Riga, from 9.00 till 17.00;
  • By post to the address – Aizkraukles Street 21, Riga, LV-1006, Latvia;
  • An electronic document with a secure electronic signature in accordance with the Electronic Documents Law and the Cabinet Regulations No. 473 (issued on 28.06.2005) “Procedures for the Preparation, Drawing Up, Storage and Circulation of Electronic Documents in State and Local Government Institutions, and the Procedures by which Electronic Documents are Circulated between State and Local Government Institutions, or Between These Institutions and Natural Persons and Legal Persons” by sending an e-mail to  .

Results of the preliminary selection of post-doctoral applications will be published on the website of the LIOS and announced to the post-doctoral researcher by sending the information using type of the communication indicated in the application.

More information: 67014877; e-mail

International Electrosynthesis Workshop

August 25-26, 2016 International Electrosynthesis Workshop, organized by Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis and the EC 7th Framework Program project „Strengthening the research and innovative capacities of the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, the leading Baltic regional centre for drug discovery”, InnovaBalt,  will take place in Riga.

Venue: Hotel Monika Centrum Hotel,  Elizabetes street

Agenda: Program_electro_workshop

To register for this workshop, please send an email to