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Institute of Molecular Biology
Institute of Molecular Biology
Division of Natural Sciences
Specialization: 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








ՀՀ ԿԳՄՍՆ գիտության կոմիտեն կազմակերպում է գիտական սարքերի և սարքավորումների ձեռքբերման համար ֆինանսական աջակցություն տրամադրելու հայտերի ընտրության ՄՐՑՈՒՅԹ: Հայտերի ներկայացման վերջնաժամկետն է 2019 թվականի սեպտեմբերի 10-ը: Մանրամասները՝ http://scs.am/կայքում

The All Armenian Foundation Financing Armenological Studies invites all interested candidates to apply for Armenological research projects for 2019, aimed at solving urgent problems in the field of Armenology

Լինդաու քաղաքում Նոբելյան մրցանակակիրների հետ 70-րդ հանդիպում

ՀՀ ԳԱԱ-ն հայտարարում է 2019թ-ի «ՀՀ ԳԱԱ համակարգի ինստիտուտների գիտական սարքավորումների սպասարկում, վերազինում, գիտափորձերի իրականացման համար նյութերի ձեռքբերում և չնախատեսված անհետաձգելի ծախսերի կատարում» և «ՀՀ ԳԱԱ համակարգի կազմակերպությունները սարքավորումներով վերազինում» ծրագրերից համակարգի կազմակերպություններին ֆինանսավորում տրամադրելու մրցույթ

ՀՀ ԳԱԱ-ն հայտարարում է «ՀՀ գիտությունների ազգային ակադեմիայի համակարգի գիտական գործուղումների իրականացում» ծրագրի միջոցներից 2019 թ. գիտական գործուղման ֆինանսավորման մրցույթ: Մրցույթն անցկացվելու է «ՀՀ գիտությունների ազգային ակադեմիայի համակարգի գիտական գործուղումների իրականացում» ծրագրի միջոցների օգտագործման կարգին համապատասխան

The list of scientific events guaranteed for financing by State Budget for 2019

On 2-6 September, 2019, Department of Physics and Astrophysics of NAS RA and the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory after V.A. Ambartsumian of NAS RA organize "Regional Summer School on Space Sciences and Technologies" in Byurakan

Оn 2-7 September, 2019, the Institute of Mathemathics NAS RA, American University of Armenia organize the Eleventh International Conference "Stochastic and Analytic Methods in Mathematical Physics" (Yerevan,Armenia)

On September 9-10, 2019, Department of Physics and Astrophysics of NAS RA and the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory after V.A. Ambartsumian of NAS RA organize an International Conference "Active Galaxies and Quasars", dedicated to M. A. Arakelian’s 90th anniversary in Byurakan

On September 11-13, 2019, Department of Physics and Astrophysics of NAS RA and the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory after V.A. Ambartsumian of NAS RA organize the International Astronomical Union South West and Central Asian (IAU SWCA) 3rd Regional Astronomical Workshop

On 17-20 September, 2019, Department of Physics and Astrophysics of NAS RA and Institute for Physical Research of NAS of RA organize traditional international conference "Laser Physics-2019" in Ashtarak

On 23-27 September, 2019, the 12th International conference on "Computer Science and Information Technologies - CSIT-2019" will be held in Yerevan, organized by NAS RA and the Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of NAS RA

On 23-27 September, 2019, the VI International Conference on “Chemistry and Chemical Technologies” will be held in Yerevan, organized by the M.G. Manvelyan Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry NAS RA and Division of Chemistry and Earth Sciences NAS RA

On September 24, 2019 at 10:00 in the conference hall of the Presidium of NAS RA (Yerevan, 24 Marshal Baghramyan Ave.) National Academy of Sciences of RA organizes a Ceremonial meeting dedicated to the 150th anniversary of D.I. Mendeleev’s periodic table

On September 27-29 2019, the Shirak Center for Armenological Studies of the NAS RA invites everyone interested to the 10th international conference “Shirak Historical and Cultural Heritage: Contempory Issues of Armenology”․ The conference opens on September 27 at 13:00 in the Gyumri Sports and Cultural Center (address: 49 Mher Mkrtchyan Street)

On October 1-5, 2019 the Institute of Mechanics of NAS RA, National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of Armenia, Ishlinsky Institute for Problems in Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yerevan State University, National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia, organize 6 th International Conference on "Topical Problems of Continuum Mechanics" (Dilijan, Armenia)

On 16-22 October, 2019, Institute of Applied Problems of Physics NAS RA is organizes the traditional international conference on “Electron, Positron, Neutron and X-Ray Scattering Under External Influences” and School of young scientists named after G.A. Askaryan in Yerevan and Meghri

On October 24, 2019, the Institute of Literature after M.Abegyan of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia organizes a jubilee scientific session devoted to the 120th anniversary of Aksel Bakunts

On 15-18 October, 2019, the Institute of Literature after M.Abegyan of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, the Department of Armenian Studies and Social Sciences of the NAS RA and Yerevan State University organize a jubilee international scientific session dedicated to Hovhannes Tumanyan's 150th anniversary

Оn November 21, 2019, the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of NAS RA is organizing international scientific conference dedicated to UNESCO’s World Philosophy Day. For more information: e-mail:jijyan@mail.ru

Оn November 26, 2019, the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of NAS RA is organizing the scientific conference dedicated to the 50-th anniversary of the Institute. For more information: e-mail:jijyan@mail.ru

On November 28-30, 2019, "The Union of Young Researchers of Matenadaran" NGO is organizing its 5th Conference, which is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Mashtots Matenadaran

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