Attraction of the leading scientists to Russian institutions of higher learning, research organizations of the governmental academies of sciences, and governmental research centers of the Russian Federation

Center for Genomic Bio-Informatics named after F. G. Dobrzhansky

About the laboratry

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

Link to the official website

Grant Agreement No.: 11.G34.31.0068

Name of the institution of higher learning:
Federal state budget educational institution of higher professional learning "St. Petersburg State University"

Fields of scientific research:
Medical sciences and technologies

Project goal:
To establish a scientific research center enabling scientists specializing in genetics and bioinformatics, students, and research staff to design, test, and implement innovative computer-based methods of collection of information about the genomes of vertebrate animals, identify and annotate genes and determine their functions, and implement their research results in health care and environmental protection.

Key project objectives:

Anticipated scientific outcomes:
1. The project will help discover new human genes affecting complex health conditions, such as AIDS, hepatitis, and various kinds of cancer;
2. The project will enable the research group to take part in an international project designed to sequence, assemble, and annotate the genomes of 10,000 vertebrate animals over the course of five years;
3. The project will help design and implement fast, reliable, and efficient computer algorithms required to assemble, annotate, interpret and discover new genes and process genomic data;
4. The project will make it possible to use genomic technologies to preserve endangered species, such as the Amur tiger;
5. The project will help train new students in the aforementioned fields of science and technology.

Leading scientist

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Leading scientist's full name: Stephan James O'Brien

Link to the scientist's profile

Academic degrees and titles:
Doctor of sciences in genetics

Job title:
Director of the Genomic Diversity Laboratory of the National Cancer Institute of the National Health Institute

Areas of scientific interest:
Biology, medical sciences and technologies

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