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Announcing – Opening of the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics – St. Petersburg


April 17, 2012

A major new science initiative will be launched April 27, 2012 to establish a visionary Genome-based bioinformatics Research Center at St. Petersburg http://dobzhanskycenter.bio.spbu.ru/?lang=en. The Center is named to honor Theodosius Dobzhansky, father and founder of population genetic theory and practice, who began his illustrious career at St. Petersburg State University in 1920. His contributions include leading of the Modern Synthesis which infused genetic rigor into evolutionary theory and laying a foundation for population genetic inferences in human genic diversity, DNA forensics, and conservation applications.

The Research and Training Center will be led by three senior scientists: 1.) Dr. Stephen J OBrien recruited early this year to St. Petersburg State University from the US National Institutes of Health by the Russian Ministry Megagrant program; 2.) Dr. Pavel Pevzner Professor and Howard Hughes professor from UC San Diego and a 2010 Russian Megagrant awardee at St Petersburg Academic University; and 3.) Dr. Andrei Kozlov, Director of the Biomedical Center and Professor at St Petersburg State University. Research at the Center will focus on computational approaches to genetic influence on human infectious diseases and cancer, the comparative study of species’ genome organization and function across the vertebrate radiations, and conservation biology.

On April 26-28, 2012 St Petersburg State University will host an International Symposium to launch the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics .The short two-day conference will be held on the campus of St. Petersburg State University in historic downtown St. Petersburg. Please join us; registration is free.
The symposium will feature scientific presentations by principal investigators of the Center as well as a stunning array of Russian and international genome scientists who will present at the symposium. The Conference will include scientific lectures that reflect recent advances in comparative and human genomic technologies.

For information Contact:
Elena Kabanova
Chief Administrative Officer
Theodosius Dobzhansky Center of St. Petersburg St. University
8, Viborgskaya street, St. Petersburg, Russia 194044
Tel: 7 (911) 277-13-77