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Institute of Molecular Biology
Institute of Molecular Biology
Division of Natural Sciences
Specialisation: Molecular and cellular biology
Founded year: 1966
Director: Candidate of Biol. Sci.
Arsen A. Arakelyan
Address: 7, Hasratian St., Yerevan, 0014, Republic of Armenia
Phone number: (+374 10) 281626
Fax: (+374 10) 282061
E-mail: aarakelyan {[ at ]} sci.am, imb {[ at ]} sci.am
Website: http://www.molbiol.sci.am/
General Information

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. 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.

Human Resources and Infrastructure

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.  The IMB has 18 research units (1 department, 11 laboratories and 7 groups), and 3 educational units. 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.

Main Fields of Activity

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 vitvo, 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.

Main Results

Fundamental and Practical Significance of 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 years (2007-2013) includes 24 books/chapters, 216 papers in the international journals, 172 papers in the 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 Activity

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 participating 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.

Other Information

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 89 projects supported by research grants.

Partner Organizations in Armenia

Among partner institutions in Armenia are the main universities, medical research centers, Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of NAS RA and some other organizations. 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).

Latest Announcements
On May 20-25, 2018, Presidium of NAS RA, Institute of Mathematics of NAS RA, Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems NAS RA, Yerevan State University, University of South Florida, Yerevan Computer Research and Development Institute CJSC, Armenian Mathematical Union organize International Conference dedicated to the 90th Anniversary of Sergey Mergelyan (Yerevan, Armenia)

On 25-26 May, 2018, RA NAS Division of Armenology and Social Sciences, Yerevan State University, the Historians Association of Armenia, with the support of the Ministry of Diaspora are arranging an international conference entitled "Republic of Armenia-100" dedicated to the Centennial of the proclamation of independence of the Republic of Armenia and the May Heroic Battles

On May 27 – June 22, 2018, the Institute of Mathematics of NAS RA, Armenian Mathematical Union, Committee of Emil Artin Junior Prize in Mathematics, University of Bergen, Yerevan State University, American University of Armenia with the support of the Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, organize Emil Artin International Conference dedicated to the 120th Anniversary of Emil Artin (Yerevan, Armenia)

On 7-8 June, 2018, the Institute of Oriental Studies of National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia organizes a conference devoted to the famous diplomat and merchant Manuk Bey Mirzayan (1769-1817) which will take place

On 14 November, 2018, the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of NAS RA is organizing a scientific conference «Humanities and Social Sciences within the academic framework» dedicated to 75th anniversary of the NAS RA

On 15 November, 2018, the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of NAS RA is organizing a scientific conference dedicated to UNESCO’s World Philosophy Day

The list of scientific events guaranteed for financing by State Budget for 2018

The list of young scientists’ schools guaranteed for financing by State Budget for 2018

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