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IMB at Science fair-2017, 3 May 2017, Yerevan State University


Meeting with the Presidint of NKR


The President of NKR awards the "Vachagan Barepasht" medal.


At the Office of the President of NKR


RA, State committee of science Award 2016.


RA, State committee of science Award 2016.


RA, State committee of science Award 2016.


RA, State committee of science Award 2016.


RA, State committee of science Award 2016.

About Us

Media about IMB


The Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (NAS RA) was founded in 1966 to encourage the development of molecular biology in Armenia. At that time, the institute had 8 research units. Total number of scientists working in the institute was about 50, among them 21 PhDs. The research conducted in IMB in XX century had a significant input in the elucidation of structural and functional organization of nucleic acids, proteins, cells, and organelles. The first Director of the Institute was Dr. Stepan Tshmarityan. From the end of 2006 till the beginning of the 2015 the director of the Institute was Prof. Anna Boyajyan.

Current Infrastructure

Today IMB has 14 research units (9 laboratories and 5 groups), and 3 educational units. Two laboratories and 3 research groups are included in the Department of Applied Molecular Biology. IMB also has the Institutional Scientific Council, Young Scientists Council and Ethics Committee. Institutional supporting units include the Sequencing center, Human DNA and Biological Samples Bank, Cell lines collection, Animal facility and the Library.

Human Resources

The total number of IMB employees is 113, among them 8 hold DrSc degree and 51 hold PhD degree. About 50% of IMB personnel are young scientists up to 40 of age. IMB is hosting many PhD and undergraduate students from Armenia and foreign counties. From 2015 in the frames of the Birthrite Armenia, we hosted also 21 volunteers from Canada, Netherlands, USA, UK, Ukraine, Lebanon, Iran. Dedicated researchers are delivering lectures and supervising under- and postgraduate students. In 2010-2019, 128 Bachelor and Master students, and 54 PhD students studied/trained in IMB and supervised by IMB scientists received bachelor-, master- and doctoral degrees.

Main Fields of Activity

Current research activities of IMB are focused on investigation of regulatory mechanisms of cell activity and its alterations in a number of pathologic conditions including autoimmune, autoinflammatory, cerebrovascular, infectious, oncological, and psychiatric disorders. The research, conducting in vivo, in vitro, in situ and in silico, includes human, animal, cell-cultures and computation modeling studies on genetic, protein, cellular, membrane, and sub-cellular levels. A special attention is paid to mediators of the immune and signal transduction systems. An important area of the research is Armenian genome study using pathogenomics, ecogenomics, immunogenomics, and population genomics approaches.

Funding Sources and Research Grants

Basic activities of IMB have been funded from the state budget. In addition, IMB researchers have performed R&D projects supported by national and international grants provided on a competitive basis. Beginning from 2010 IMB researchers have implemented 90 projects supported by research grants.

Fundamental and Practical Significance of the Research Results

The output of the studies performed at IMB is elucidation of molecular and cellular etiopathomechanisms of many polygenic and multifactorial diseases and identification of vital molecular biomarkers and therapeutic targets of diseases. Another important output is identification of new physiologically active compounds of potential therapeutic significance. Application areas include molecular diagnostics, prognostics, prophylaxis, and treatment of diseases, monitoring of disease progression and the efficiency of applied therapy as well as new drugs design. IMB has a number of technological developments in these fields and holds related patents.

Scientific production and Technological Developments

Scientific production of IMB in the last 10 years (2010-2019) includes 29 books/chapters, 377 papers in the international journals, 189 papers in the Armenian journals, 239 publications in the proceedings of the overseas scientific meetings, 124 publications in the proceedings of the scientific meeting organized in Armenia, and 3 patents. The IMB researchers developed novel test-systems for molecular diagnostics of schizophrenia and over-fatigue syndrome; innovative approach for individual selection of chemotherapy for treatment of different types of leukemia and solid tumors; new antiviral preparation for prevention and treatment of foot-and mouse and Newcastle diseases, and some other products.

International collaboration and related activities

IMB is integrated in the international research area establishing close partnership with internationally acknowledged research centers and universities worldwide. Partnership is realized through exchange visits, implementation of joint projects, organization of joint conferences, seminars, workshops and trainings. In the last 10 years (2010-2019) IMB hosted 196 foreign scientists from different countries; 392 scientists from IMB were hosted by foreign organizations abroad. Also in this period 31 young scientists from IMB participated in pre- and postdoctoral training programs at the international centers of excellence for research and education. The IMB researchers are active participants of the international conferences and related events. In the last 10 years (2010-2019) 132 oral presentations and 86 poster presentations were made at the international conferences; 18 IMB scientists were awarded for the best presentations. In addition, IMB is the organizer of many international conferences and related events. In the last 10 years (2010-2019) 7 international conferences, 7 schools and 5 workshops were held.

Partner research organizations in Armenia

The main universities, medical research centers, and some other organizations of Armenia are among partner institutions of IMB. The partnership is based on S&T collaboration agreements and realized through implementation of joint projects, organization of joint educational units (departments), laboratories, conferences and workshops and trainings. IMB is the founder and facilitator of the Armenian Society of Biological Psychiatry, Armenian Association of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Immunology and the joint member of the Biotechnological Armenian Association, Electronic Library Consortium of Armenia, and Technology Transfer Association.

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October 01, 2019.

Workshop "Toxic exposures and
Cancer: from education to research"

The IMB announces a Workshop for young scientists
on November 07, 2019.
Please, get acquainted with a detailed information here.

April 29, 2019.

Work as an expert for Horizon 2020

Register as an external expert for evaluation and monitoring of H2020 and other funding programs.
You will get up front experience with the grant application process and have an opportunity to work with leading experts and researchers from all over Europe!
In case if you are selected as an evaluator, expert fees as well as travel costs to Brussels and daily allowance is all covered by inviting side.
To proceed, please click the logo on the right >>>>

March 20, 2019.

"Workshop and Summer School
Genome Bioinformatics for Health 2.0

The IMB announces a Workshop and a Summer school
in July 2019.
Please, get acquainted with a detailed information here.

August 09, 2018.

"R for bioinformatics - a beginner’s guide &
Scientific programming in R"-2018.

The IMB announces both postponed courses reopened
in September!
Please, get acquainted with a detailed information here.

August 07, 2018.

The Young Scientists School
"Molecular and cellular bases
of host-microbes interactions-2018".

The Young Scientists School will take place on
September 10-14, 2018.
The detailed information is available here.

April 25, 2018.


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December 29, 2019.

IMB Annual Report 2019.

The 2019 Annual Report of the IMB is available here >>>

December 29, 2018.

IMB Annual Report 2018.

The 2018 Annual Report of the IMB is available here >>>

December 22, 2017.

IMB Annual Report 2017.

The 2017 Annual Report of the IMB is available here >>>

December 22, 2016.

IMB Annual Report 2016.

The 2016 Annual Report of the IMB is available here >>>

October 05, 2015.

The admission exam questionnaire.

The admission exam questionnaire on "Molecular and cellular biology" for PhD courses is available here >>>

January 10, 2015.

PhD study and implementation of research projects.

The Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA welcomes applications from local and foreign students, who wish to conduct PhD study and implement research projects at the IMB.
For detailed information regarding eligibility criteria, necessary documents, and other requirements, please contact the Scientific Secretary of the Institute Dr. Zara Khachatryan by:
Phone: +(374-10)-281-702, or: E-mail: imb@sci.am