Institute of Molecular Biology
7 Hasratyan St., 0014, Yerevan, Armenia

 

History

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 the Director of the Institute is Prof. Anna Boyajyan.

Current Infrastructure

Today IMB has 18 research units (11 laboratories and 7 groups), and 3 educational units. Three laboratories and 4 research groups are included in the Department of Applied Molecular Biology. IMB also has the Institutional Scientific Council, Young Scientists Council, and Ethics Committee. Among service units are the Library, Human DNA Samples Bank, Cell Lines Collection, Animal House and the Institutional Local Area Network.

Human Resources

The total number of IMB employees is 130, among them 15 hold DrSc degree and 53 hold PhD degree. About 50% of IMB personnel are young scientists up to 35 of age. IMB is hosting many PhD and undergraduate students from Armenia and foreign counties. Dedicated researchers are delivering lectures and supervising under- and postgraduate students. In 2007-2013, 71 Bachelor and Master students, and 25 PhD students studied/trained in IMB and supervised by IMB scientists received bachelor-, master- and doctoral degrees.

Main Fields of Activities

Current research activities of IMB are focusing 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 vitvoin 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 2000 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 development in these fields and holds related patents.

Scientific production and Technological Developments

Scientific production of IMB in the last years (2007-2013) includes 24 books/chapters, 216 papers in the international journals, 172 papers in Armenian journals, 162 publications in the proceedings of the overseas scientific meetings, 196 publications in the proceedings of the scientific meetings organized in Armenia, and 12 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-mouth 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 years (2017-2013) the IMB researchers were actively paticipating in the international conferences and related events. Also, in the same years (2007-2013) 132 oral presentations and 86 poster presentations were made at the international conferences as well as 18 IMB scientists were awarded for the best presentations. In addition, IMB is the organizer of many international conferences and related events in Armenia. In the last years (2007-2013) 6 international conferences, 1 workshop and 2 schools were held.

Partner organizations in Armenia

Among partner institutions in Armenia are the main universities, medical research centers, and some other organizationsh. Partnership is based on S&T collaboration agreements and realized through implementation of joint projects, organization of joint educational units (department), laboratories, conferences, and workshops and trainings. IMB is a founder and facilitator of the Armenian Society of Biological Psychiatry, Armenian Association of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Immunology, a joint member of the Biotechnological Armenian Association, Electronic Library Consortium of Armenia, Technology Transfer Association as well as a partner of GARA (Global African Swine Fever Research Alliance).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Training course on Bioethics.

The Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA is organizing a training course on “The basics of Bioethics. Bioethical Expertise in Biomedical and Clinical Studies”. The course will be held twice a year, course languages are Armenian and Russian.
Full announcement text in Armenian.
Full announcement text in Russian.

Master’s Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology of the International Scientific and Educational Center (ISEC) NAS RA (www.isec.am) welcomes applications from local and foreign students, who wish to enter 2-year Master’s Course in Molecular and Cellular Biology. The Course is headed by the Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA (www.molbiol.sci.am), where the main lectures and practical trainings are delivered. Next course is starting from mid September 2014.
The deadline for submitting application is August 25, 2014.
For detailed information please go to Master`s Program page.

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 Svetlana Kirakosyan
by phone: +37410 281702
or e-mail: imb@sci.am

RECENT EVENTS

International Young Scientists School

On May 26 - June 08, 2014, the Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA and Armenian Association of Molecular & Cellular Biology and Immunology have jointly organized the International Young Scientists School “Molecular and Cellular Bases of Host-Microbes Interactions: Genomics and Sequencing”.
The school was conducted by prominent foreign scientists invited from Switzerland and USA, as well as by scientists from the IMB NAS RA. The delivered lectures related to molecular and cellular biology, microbiology and immunology.
50, mainly young scientists and students, have participated in the school.

Some snapshots from the school:
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Practical Course in Neuroscience

A practical training course in Neuroscience was organized by IMB in May. A group of predominantly young scientists from different scientific institutions of Armenia took part in this training. Two lecturers: Prof. Jürgen Schwarz from ZMNH (Hamburg, Germany) and Dr. Vitya Vardanyan from IMB NAS RA (Yerevan, Armenia) had delivered intensive lectures with the scientific theme of “Functional characterization of the voltage-dependent potassium channels in Xenopus oocytes”.

Some snapshots from the training:
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DNA-Sequencing Training Course supported by ARPA Institute

In March 2014 IMB organized training course in DNA sequencing (technical issues) supported by ARPA Institute (USA). A group of young scientists from the institute participated in this training conducted by Mr. Travis Tao, chief specialist of the SeqGen Inc. (USA).

The sequencer was kindly presented to the IMB by the ARPA Institute to encourage the development of genomics research in Armenia.

Some snapshots from the training:
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