"Our mission is to build new knowledge about life and its development on a foundation of advanced technologies, standards of highest quality and tradition of exceptional accuracy."
History of the Center
The Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics was founded in 2011, supported through a grant from Russian Ministry of Sciences and Education. The purpose of this megagrant was to encourage groundbreaking scientific research that would be conducted in Russia’s highest educational and scientific entities under the supervision of the world’s leading scientists.
The foundational goal of the Center is to provide a laboratory where specialists in genetics and bioinformatics, together with students and other researchers, will collaboratively develop, apply and implement innovative computational methods for annotating and describing the genes of different species, to identify their functions and, in the future, deploy those results in meaningful healthcare, agriculture and conservation applications.
At the conclusion of the initial grant period, several important scientific directions had been established and which continue to progress. Currently, Genome Russia is the primary research project, fully supported by Saint Petersburg State University (StPSU). The primary target of the project is collecting, sequencing and analyzing full genomes of various regional populations living in the territory of the Russian Federation. The research compares the genomes with each other and from different ethnos to identify new genetic variations associated with different diseases and the selection of information markers of people migrating into different regions.
Other important projects of the Centre described below.