B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Sc., PhD

Instructor, Chemistry
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of STEM

604.986.1911 ext. 3411
Fir Building, room FR308A


B.Ed., Secondary Science, University of British Columbia, 2010.

PhD, Biochemistry, University of Alberta, 2008.

M.Sc., Chemistry, Texas A&M University, 2002.

B.Sc., Chemistry, St. Petersburg State University, 1998.


Olga Baryshnikova (PhD, University of Alberta, 2008) obtained her undergraduate degree in chemistry from St. Petersburg State University (Russia), where, for a graduating project, she studied potentiometric solid-contact membrane electrodes.

She went on to pursue her master's degree in chemistry at Texas A&M University (USA), where she used total internal fluorescent microscopy to study lipid bilayers contained within microfluidic devices. For her PhD studies, she went to the University of Alberta to work on the structure, function and dynamics of cardiac troponin C, using multidimensional NMR spectroscopy.

Baryshnikova has been always interested in science education and technology. Her other interests include cycling, hiking, reading and decreasing the carbon footprint of her family.

I am interested in the student-centered teaching techniques that increase internal motivation and curiosity in students. In my classes, I strive to create a collaborative learning environment in which students have opportunities to work together, explore their understanding and have fun while mastering challenging concepts. I draw my inspiration and ideas from the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, BC Open Campus Initiative and many other resources.

Baryshnikova O.K., Robertson I.M., Mercier P., Sykes B.D.; The Dilated Cardiomyopathy G159D Mutation in Cardiac Troponin C Weakens the Anchoring Interaction with Troponin I. Biochemistry; 47 (41), 10950-10960, 2008.

Robertson I.M., Baryshnikova O.K., Li M.X., Sykes B.D.; Defining the Binding Site of Levosimendan and Its Analogues in a Regulatory Cardiac Troponin C-Troponin I Complex. Biochemistry;47(28):7485-95, July 15, 2008.

Baryshnikova O.K., Williams T.C., Syked B.D.; Internal pH indicators for biomolecular NMR. J Biomol NMR. 41(1): 5-7, May 2008.

Baryshnikova O.K., Li M.X, Sykes B.D.; Modulation of cardiac troponin C function by the cardiac specific N-terminus of troponin I: influence of PKA phosphorylation and involvement in cardiomyopathies. J. Mol. Biol. 375(3):735-51, Jan. 18, 2008.

Baryshnikova O.K., Sykes B.D.; Backbone dynamics of SDF-1alpha determined by NMR: interpretation in the presence of monomer-dimer equilibrium. Protein Sci.; 15(11):2568-78, November 2006.

Baryshnikova O.K., Rainey J.K., Sykes B.D.; Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of CXC chemokine receptor 4 allosteric peptide agonists in solution. J. Pept. Res. 66 Suppl 1:12-21, December 2005.

Yang T, Baryshnikova O.K., Mao H., Holden M.A., Cremer P.S.; Investigations of Bivalent Antibody Binding on Fluid Supported Phospholipid Membranes: The Effect of Hapten Density. J. Am. Chem. Soc.; 125(16); 4779-4784, 2003.

Baryshnikova O.K., Trofimov M.A., Pendin A.A.; Combined pH-meter electrodes based on H+-selective PVC membranes and PVC-graphite conductors modified with quinhydrones. Russian J. of Electrochemistry, 35, 1335 (Russian/English), 1999.

Best PhD Thesis, The Madsen Biochemistry Thesis Prize, University of Alberta, Biochemistry, 2008-09

Nomination, PhD Thesis, Governor General Gold Medal, Biochemistry, University of Alberta, 2008.