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Armenian society of biological psychiatry
Armenian association for molecular
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YSC - 2016
"NEW TRENDS IN LIFE SCIENCES"

INVITED SPEAKERS:


Prof. Mariam Grigorian (Denmark) was born in Yerevan and has graduated from Russian school named after A. Pushkin. Afterwards, she has continued her studies in the State Medical Institute/University in Yerevan and obtained MD in 1973.
Before her relocation to Moscow she was shortly employed in the Institute of Experimental Biology of the Armenian AS in Zh. Ktsoyan’s group.
   In 1974 she has moved to Moscow where in the Institute of Molecular Biology of the USSR AS, in acad. Georgiev‘s lab started her cancer research career in the field of molecular biology of tumor metastasis. During her work in Russia she have had several fellowships for long and short training in USA, France and Italy and participated in numerous international conferences.
In 1992 she moved to the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen and worked as a Principal Investigator in the Department of Molecular Cancer Biology (lately renamed as Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis) under the leadership of prof. Eugene Lukanidin.
   Since 2013 she is working in the Copenhagen University, Faculty of Health and Medical Science where she has continuing studies on the mechanisms of cancer metastasis with the main focus on brain metastasis and the role of chronic inflammation in cancer progression as well as in the pathogenesis of other human non-communicable diseases.
She has published more than 80 articles in the International journals and supervised numerous master and PhD students and postdocs. She is married, has two children and two grandchildren.

Dr. Richard Villems (Estonia) was born in 1944 in Estonia. In 1968 he graduated University of Tartu and became Candidate of Science (medicine) Tartu, 1972. His post-doctoral training was done in Sweden 1974-1975 and UK 1977-1978. In 1984 he was awarded Dr. Sc (molecular biology) in Lomonossov University, Moscow.
   Since 1986 Prof. Villems is a director of Estonian Biocentre. In 1987 he was elected as a member of Estonian Academy of Sciences. He became a professor (of molecular genetics) in 1987. During 1994-1999 Prof. Villems was Vice President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences and Head of the Division of Physics and Astronomy. In 2004-2014 he was a President of Estonian Academy of Sciences.
   He is a Foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1989), Academician of the Academy of Finland (2000), Foreign Member of Latvian (2005) and Lithuanian (2006) Academies of Sciences.
Currently Prof. Villems is a Professor of Archaeogenetics, University of Tartu, Chief Scientist, Estonian Biocentre, Tartu, Estonia.

Dr. Evie Melanitou (France) holds an assistant professor tenure position at the Institut Pasteur of Paris.
Following a three-year postdoctoral training at the Rockefeller University, in New York, EM joined the Department of Immunology at the Institut Pasteur. She received a Doctorate es Sciences degree from the Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris and a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, from the same University. Previously she studied at the Universities Pierre & Marie Curie and Diderot within the Master’s program, Molecular Biology, General physiology and Physiology of regulatory mechanisms, after completion of a Master’s in General Biology from the University of Patras, Greece.
   Since 1991 her research work has been centred on the Genetics of type 1 diabetes, a complex autoimmune disease, in the NOD mouse model. The originality of this work relied on the use of interspecific crosses of the NOD mouse with wild type strains (Mus Spretus and PWK). This work lead to the identification of loci on chromosome 6 (Idd19 and Idd20) and to loci acting in an epistatic manner conferring resistance to T1D for one locus and susceptibility for the other. Epistatic interactions between genetic loci presented a novel approach at the time and were not previously reported in mouse or human genetics of T1D. EM confirmed their implication to the disease by the construction of interspecific (NODxPWK) and intrasecific (NODxC3H) congenic lines.
   In 2002, EM was appointed visiting Professor at the Barbara Davis Center for childhood diabetes (BDC), at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, in Denver, USA, where she spent 18 months. At the BDC she concentrated her efforts in the comprehension of the early pre-inflammatory stages of type 1 diabetes, with the aim to discover early markers of autoimmunity and eventually address the impact of the environment in the disease initiation. EM identified an early sub phenotype that correlated with early disease onset and she initiated a genomics approach that allowed identifying 165 genes with modulated expression in the pancreatic lymph nodes of the NOD mice. Several of these genes and their human orthologs lie within loci that have been previously identified by genetic analysis studies to be associated with the disease. Functional insights indicate that several of the identified genes play a role in the host response to infections.
   Today her work focuses on the impact of the environment, and in particular of infectious microorganisms in the initiation of autoimmune disorders. She focuses, in particular, her research on Mediterranean populations in which autoimmune diseases are less prominent than in industrialized countries but inversely infectious microorganisms have been present throughout the population history.
   In 2016 EM was appointed to establish a research group in the Hellenic Pasteur Institute in the context of the International Pasteur Network.
EM acted as a scientific patent evaluator for the Institut Pasteur and as a PhD students’ tutor and she assumed teaching responsibilities mainly on genetics in i) the "Mouse Genetics" course (IP), ii) in graduate and undergraduate University programs in Paris and in Rome (La Sapienza) and iii) as coorganizer of a FEBS/RIIP course (2006, Human and Microbial Genomics: DNA arrays applied to human pathogens and diseases) and of an EMBO/RIIP course (2014, on Bioinformatics and Genomes analysis). She is a reviewer for several scientific journals and part of examining committees in PhD thesis juries.


Dr. David Goukassian (USA) is a graduate of Yerevan State Medical University, class of 1984. After practicing Medicine and Dermatology for five years at the Masis Regional Hospital he went to Moscow, Russia in 1989 for post-graduate courses and completed his Ph.D. at Central Advanced Training Institute for Physicians in 1992. Between 1992 - 1994 he was the Executive Medical Director of International project on development of “Elasticity Imaging for Early Diagnosis of Breast and Prostate Cancers” at the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences. On the wings of this project Dr. Goukassian arrived to United States in 1994 where he continued leading the R&D division of this project for another 2 years.
   In 1995 he decided to further his career in biomedical research and accepted NIH-funded post-doctoral fellowship in the fields of Aging, Genetics and Biochemistry. In 1999 he became an Instructor of Dermatology, at Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology. In 2001 he accepted a second post-doctoral fellowship in the field of Stem and Progenitor Cell Biology at the Tufts University School of Medicine. Between 1999 - 2004 he was promoted to Assistant, then Associate Professor of Dermatology and Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. In 2004 he also joined the faculty of Cardiovascular Research Division at Tufts University School of Medicine as Associate Professor of Medicine. Since then Dr. Goukassian has been holding faculty positions at both Universities.
   Currently he is the Director of Cardiovascular Research Center at Genesys Research Institute, Tufts University School of Medicine where he is leading several major projects in the fields of Cancer Therapeutics, Stem and Progenitor Cell Biology. His most recent research focus is the field of Space Radiobiology, studying cardiovascular risks for development of countermeasures during and after long-duration deep space missions. Dr. Goukassian has a wide-range of expertise and experience that spans from molecular and cellular biology, age-associated decline in DNA damage and repair, as well as age-associated changes in cardiac repair and regeneration with specific emphasis on studies discerning signaling cascades in the context of cardiovascular disease knockout and transgenic mouse models that mimic aging phenotype. He is a Member of National Scientific Advisory Council of American Federation for Aging Research, Member/Consultant of the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT), a non-profit consortium of world-leading academic and research institutions founded by Partners Healthcare, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, MIT, and Draper Laboratory.

Prof. Rustam Aminov (UK) has got Master in Genetics at the Kazan State University. Later he was awarded Doctorate in Microbiology at the Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms (Russia) where he was a researcher from 1986-1993. Later he has moved to Japan as a JSPS Fellow (Mie University, Tsu, 1993-1994) and further has been a researcher at the STAFF-Institute (Tsukuba, Japan, 1994-1997). In 2011 he was awarded an Invitation fellowship funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In 1997-2002 he was invited to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana-Champaign, USA) as a visiting associate professor. Prof. Aminov continued his career at the University of Aberdeen, The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health (UK) as a principal scientist/senior research fellow (2001-2011). In 2011 he was awarded as a Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the same university. Later he was a senior lecturer at the University of the West Indies (Jamaica, 2012-2013). Further, since 2012 Prof. Aminov is a senior researcher at the Technical University of Denmark. Currently he is working at the University of Aberdeen, UK. His research interests are in host-microbe interaction, autoinflammatory disease, gut microbiology, microbial genetics and genomics, as well as in evolution and ecology of antibiotic resistance.
For more details please visit http://loop.frontiersin.org/people/19714/overview

Prof. Anton Korsakov (Russia) was born in Bryansk in 1981. During 1998-2003 he was a student full time form training specialty "Teacher of life safety and physical culture and sport" and further was a student full-time tuition of the specialty "Ecology" at the at the Bryansk State University named acad. I.G.Petrovsky.
After in 2009-2014 he was a deputy director (part-time) of the Laboratory of clinical and laboratory diagnosis at the Bryansk Institute of pathological anatomy. Since 2007 Anton Korsakov was an Associate Professor and in 2013 became a Professor of the Department of safety and chemistry at the Bryansk State Technical University. In 2006 he did his PhD (title of the thesys "Peculiarities of physical development and functional status of the child and adolescent population of the Bryansk region in areas with abrupt ecosystem changes in the composition of the medium".) in specialty "Ecology" and later was awarded Doctor of Biological Sciences at the Bryansk State University named acad. I.G. Petrovsky.
For more details please visit http://www.tu-bryansk.ru/person/29.

Dr. Hans Binder (Germany).
Dr. Binder’s group is engaged in analysis of terabytes of high-throughput data generated by newest generation sequencing and microarrays. Dr. Binder’s group has developed a comprehensive analysis and visualization pipeline based on self-organizing maps (SOMs) that transforms large and heterogeneous sets of molecular biological data into an atlas of sample-specific texture maps which can be directly compared in terms of similarities and dissimilarities.

Dr. Eva Kriegova (Czech Republic).
Dr. Eva Kriegova is an immunologist at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacky University Olomouc, the Czech Republic. She is leader of Molecular Immunology group. Her research interest is focused on molecular mechanisms of immune processes ongoing in inflammatory lung disorders and autoimmune diseases, hematological malignancies and orthopaedic disorders, including complications such as osteolysis in total joint arthroplasty. Moreover, the group is investigating also the immunogenetic aspects of these complex disorders and complications of treatment. The group is working in close collaboration with leading clinical departments of Faculty Hospital Olomouc and informaticians from VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava (Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). Eva Kriegova is investigator of several research project and authors of numerous publications. In her talk she will focus on the role of the selected immunological aspects of inflammation in inflammatory lung diseases and complications of total joint arthroplasty.
Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Email: eva.kriegova@email.cz

Prof. Peter Mullany (UK).
A large part of his research has been investigating the conjugative transposons. These are highly promiscuous gene transfer elements which are important in the spread of antibiotic resistance and virulence determinants amongst other traits. He has a range of projects on these elements from epidemiology in model systems to understanding the mechanism of transfer of these elements at the molecular level. His research group is also developing these elements as tools for the genetic manipulation of different bacteria. In particular he has been working on developing genetic systems for Clostridium difficile.

Prof. Anders Nilsson (Sweden).
Prof. Anders Nilsson is an Associated Professor in Genetics at the Stockholm University, where he has headed abacteriophage biology group since 2007.He obtained his PhD in genetics in 2003 for evolutionary studies on bacteriophages (bacterial viruses). He has anextensive teaching experience in general genetics, population genetics, evolutionary genetics, general microbiology, and bacteriophage biology.
   His main research area is in the genome evolution of bacteriophages with particular focus on bacteriophage P2, but lately also on recently isolated and unknown bacteriophages. Other research areas include theoretical and non-clinical studies of phage therapy – theuse of bacteriophages to treat bacterial infections.

Prof. Tatyana Shkurat (Russia).
Dr. Tatiana Shkurat graduated the Southern Federal University (SFedU, Rostov-on-Don, Russia) and became Candidate of biological sciences (Genetics) in Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia) and later Doctor of biological sciences (Genetics and Space Medicine) in Institute of Biomedical Problems of RAS (Moscow, Russia).
   Since 2006 Prof. Shkurat is a Head of Research Institute of Biology and since 2012 a Head of Academy of Biology and Biotechnology (SFedU, Rostov-on-Don, Russia). Currently Dr. Tatiana Shkurat is a Head of Genetics department (SFedU, Rostov-on-Don, Russia). Prof. Shkurat teaches courses in Medical Genetics and Genomics.
   Prof. Shkurat is a Chief editor and Member of editorial boards of three scientific journals; Organizer and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the International conference «Actual problems of biology, medicine and nanotechnology»; Member of the Presidium of Vavilov Society of Geneticists and Breeders; the Head of more than 40 research grants (Russian Scientific Foundation, Russian Fund of Fundamental research, Russian Ministry of Education and Science, DAAD, ERASMUS+); Member of the Scientific Council of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science in priority research tasks.
Research areas: Biomedicine, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Non-coding genome, Innovation.

Prof. Marlen Aslanyan (Russia).
Marlen Mkrtychevich Aslanyan ( born January 10, 1932, Yerevan, Armenian SSR, USSR) is a Soviet and Russian geneticist. Doctor of biological sciences, Professor, honoured professor of Moscow University, winner of the prize. Lomonosov Moscow State University for pedagogical activity of the year 2013.
   He studied at the schools of Yerevan, Novosibirsk, Moscow and Askania-Nova. In 1949 he entered and in 1954 he graduated from the Faculty of biology and soil Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 1964 year has defended the dissertation on competition of a scientific degree of the candidate of biological sciences on the theme "The aspects of embryonic development and inhtritance of local pigs characters in reciprocal crosses large white rocks and Swedish landrace". Doctoral thesis "Study of genetic control and regularities of the mutational process in Drosophila" are protected in the year 1988 at Leningrad State University.
   Research interests-mutation process, animal and human genetics, onkogenetika. Party of international Genetic Congress - XIII (1973, Berkeley, United States), XIV (1978, Moscow), XX (2008, Berlin, Germany ).
   Lectures for students of the biological Faculty of MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY "General genetics" and special courses for students of Genetics: "genetics of animals", "basis of mutagenesis and genotoksikologii", "history of genetics".
   Successfully defended under his supervision 14 candidate dissertations. He has published more than 230 published works, as well as co-authored textbooks: "genetics of sex" (2009) and "Genetics and the origin of sex" (2010), "Basis of mutagenesis and genotoxikology", lectures (2012).
   Member of the editorial boards of scientific journals "Ecological genetics" and "biology in school". Member of two dissertation councils to award scientific degree of the doctor of biological sciences on specialities "genetics" and "radiobiology".
   Lectures for students of the biological Faculty of MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY "General genetics" and special courses for students of Genetics: "genetics of animals", "basis of mutagenesis and genotoksikologii", "history of genetics".
   He is member of the editorial boards of scientific journals “Ecological genetics” and "Biology in school" and member of two dissertation councils to award scientific degree of the doctor of biological sciences on specialities: "genetics" and "radiobiology".

Prof. Nina Tchanishvili (Georgia).
Prof. Nina Tchanishvili has over 30 years of experience working in the field of bacteriophages research, besides that her interest is focused also on investigation of the probiotic potential of endemic lactic acid bacteria isolated from artisanal products. She started her career as junior scientists in 1976 at the George Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology and Virology (Tbilisi, Georgia). Presently she is a Head of Research and Development Department of this organization. At the same time she is a Full Professor at the New Vision University teaching a Course of Microbiology to foreign students. In 1995-2005 she worked as a consultant for the Intentional Soros Science Education Program – ISSEP.
   Dr. Tchanishvili managed and participated in over 30 international collaborative projects. In 2000 she received ASM Morrison and Rogosa Award. She is an author of numerous articles published in high impact journals.

Prof. Ara Bazyan (Russia).

Prof. Levon Khachigian (Australia).