Dr. Kateryna Kon is MD, PhD, currently works at the Department of Microbiology, Virology and Immunology of Kharkiv National Medical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine at Associate Professor position. She has seven years of teaching and nine years of research experience. She is the member of editorial board of five international journals.
Dr. Kon's scientific output includes more than 70 published papers, 5 books and 18 scientific articles.
The main focus of Dr. Kon’s research is application of different statistical methods to analysis of microbiological data, antibiotic resistance in bacteria, coping with microbial resistance by plant essential oils and nanoparticles.
March-April 2013 – University of Campinas, Biological Chemistry Laboratory, Campinas, S.P., Brazil – took part in experimental study of antibacterial properties of mycofabricated silver nanoparticles, participated in scientific discussions and prepared publications.
March 2012 – Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Department of Biotechnology, Amravati, Maharashtra, India – took part in experimental study of antibacterial properties of biologically synthesized silver nanoparticles, delivered a lecture on “Statistics in Biology” in UGC sponsored Refresher Course in Life Science held during 9-30 March 2012, organised by UGC Academic Staff College.
April 2011 – YildizTechnicalUniversity, Chemistry Metallurgical Faculty, Department of Bioengineering, Cell Culture and Tissue Engineering Laboratory, Istanbul, Turkey – took part in experimental study of antibacterial properties of nanoparticles and studied microcultural method of laboratory diagnosis and its application to laboratory diagnosis of leishmaniasis, delivered lectures on antibiotic resistance and statistical analysis of biomedical data.
Rai MK, Kon KV. Nanotechnology in Diagnosis, Treatment and Prophylaxis of Infectious Diseases. USA, Elsevier, 2015 (in press).
Description: Nanotechnology in Diagnosis, Treatment and Prophylaxis of Infectious Diseases delivers comprehensive coverage of the application of nanotechnology to pressing problems in infectious disease. This text equips readers with cutting-edge knowledge of promising developments and future prospects in nanotechnology, giving special attention to microbes that are now resistant to conventional antibiotics, and as a result have become a concerning problem in modern medicine. This book answers a serious call to discuss nanotechnology as a promising new approach to infectious disease treatment.
Kon KV, Rai MK. Microbiology for surgical infections: Diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. USA, Elsevier, 2014, 306 p.
Description: Microbiology for Surgical Infections: Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment explores current trends in etiology and antibiotic resistance of pathogens responsible for devastating and complex surgical infections. Clinicians and researchers report the most recent advances in diagnostic approaches to bacterial and non-bacterial surgical infections, including invasive fungal infections. Current guidelines for prophylaxis of community-acquired and nosocomial infections, complications in surgery, and improvement of diagnosis and treatment of these devastating surgical infections are also discussed. The work gives specific attention to intra-abdominal and wound infections, as well as infections in cardiac surgery and neurosurgery. Taken together, these explorations inform the work of specialists in different surgical arenas, as well as those working in microbiology. Microbiology for Surgical Infections provides a resource to those working to improve outcomes in this complicated arena by discussing prospects for future study and identifying targets for future research.
Rai MK, Kon KV. Fighting multidrug resistance with herbal extracts, essential oils and their components. USA, Elsevier, 2013, 296 p.
Description: Fighting Multidrug Resistance with Herbal Extracts, Essential Oils and their Components offers scientists a single source aimed at fighting specific multidrug-resistant (MDR) microorganisms such as bacteria, protozoans, viruses and fungi using natural products. This essential reference discusses herbal extracts and essential oils used or under investigation to treat MDR infections, as well as those containing antimicrobial activity that could be of potential interest in future studies against MDR microorganisms. The need to combat multidrug-resistant microorganisms is an urgent one and this book provides important coverage of mechanism of action, the advantages and disadvantages of using herbal extracts, essential oils and their components and more to aid researchers in effective antimicrobial drug discovery.
Kon KV, Rai MK. Statistics for microbiologist: methods and applications. Mumbai: Himalaya Publishing House, 2013, 234 p.
Description: The book represents practical tutorial in performing statistical analysis of microbiological research data, with the main goal to describe the process of selection statistical methods, their application, and interpretation of obtained results. Each step of statistical analysis is illustrated by examples from the microbiological studies using the statistical software SPSS®, as the most commonly used software in published microbiological studies.
Kon K, Rai M. Natural remedies for the treatment of wounds and wound infection. In: Microbiology for surgical infections: Diagnosis, prognosis and treatment (Eds Kon KV, Rai MK). USA, Elsevier, 2014, P. 187-203.
Kon K, Rai M. Combining plant essential oils and antimycotics in coping with antimycotic-resistant Candida species. In: Antifungal metabolites from plants (Eds Razzaghi-Abyaneh M, Rai M), Springer, 2013, P. 263-281. pdf
Rai M, Rathod D, Ingle A, Proksch P, Kon K. Biocidal metabolites from endophytes that occur in medicinal plants. In: Natural antioxidants and biocides from wild medicinal plants (Eds Cespedes CL, Rai M, Sampietro DA, Seigler DS), UK: CABI, 2013, P. 56-64. pdf
Kon KV, Rai MK. Combining essential oils with antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents as a way of coping with multidrug-resistant bacteria. In: Fighting multidrug resistance with herbal extracts, essential oils and their components (Eds Rai MK, Kon KV.), USA, Elsevier, 2013, P. 149-164.
Kon K, Rai M. Interactions between plant-produced nanoparticles and antibiotics as a way of coping with bacterial resistance. In: Green Biosynthesis of Nanoparticles: Mechanisms and Applications (eds M. Rai and C. Posten), UK: CAB International, 2013, P. 182-193. pdf
Mahendra Rai, Kateryna Kon, Avinash Ingle, Nelson Duran, Stefania Galdiero, Massimiliano Galdiero. Broad-spectrum bioactivities of silver nanoparticles: the emerging trends and future prospects. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 2014; Jan. DOI 10.1007/s00253-013-5473-x. (IF – 3.68). pdf
Kon KV, Rai MK. Metallic nanoparticles: mechanism of antibacterial action and influencing factors. Journal of Comparative Clinical Pathology Research 2013; 2/1: 160-174. pdf
Kon KV, Rai MK. Plant essential oils and their constituents in coping with multidrug-resistant bacteria. Expert Rev Anti-Infect Ther 2012; 7(12):775-790 (IF – 3.28). pdf
Kon KV, Rai MK. Antibacterial activity of Thymus vulgaris essential oil alone and in combination with other essential oils. Nusantara Bioscience 2012; 4(2):50-56. pdf
Сипливый В.А., Конь Е.В., Робак В.И., Евтушенко Д.В. Биофункциональная симметрия индивидуальных значений клинико-лабораторных показателей у больных с тяжелыми формами острого панкреатита. Клиническая хирургия 2012; (2):26-31. pdf
Allahverdiyev AM, Kon KV, Abamor ES, Bagirova M, Rafailovich M. Coping with antibiotic resistance: combination of nanoparticles with antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents. Expert Rev Anti-Infect Ther 2011; 9(11):1035-1052 (IF – 3.28). pdf
Сипливий В.О., Робак В.І., Конь К.В., Євтушенко Д.В. Індивідуалізований прогноз інфікованої форми гострого панреатиту. Клиническая хирургия 2011; (4):24-27. pdf
Сипливый В.А., Конь Е.В., Робак В.И., Евтушенко Д.В. Использование шкалы ASSES для оценки тяжести состояния больных и прогнозирования исхода острого панкреатита. Клиническая хирургия 2011; (6):32-35. pdf
Awards and honors:
2007 – “The best young scientist of Kharkiv” award in the field of medicine (Kharkiv, Ukraine).
Member of Editorial board:
Journal of Comparative Clinical Pathology Research (Iran)
WebMedCentral Plus (UK)
Sky Journal of Microbiology Research (Nigeria)
Sky Journal of Medicinal Plants Research (Nigeria)
Nusantara Bioscience (Indonesia)
Biointerface Research in Applied Chemistry (Romania)
Completed courses of continuous education:
“Computing for Data Analysis”, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2013.
“Statistics: Making Sense of Data”, University of Toronto, 2013.