Straight talk with… Stephen O’Brien

Straight talk with…Stephen O’Brien
by Elie Dolgin
Nature Medicine 19, 9 (2013) doi:10.1038/nm0113-9
Published online 07 January 2013

Announcing “Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics” May 15th thru May 25th, 2013

The American Genetic Association in conjunction with the University of Pretoria is presenting a 10 day intensive course May 15th through May 25th, 2013, at the Southern African Wildlife College in South Africa. The course will be directed by Dr. Stephen J. O’Brien, and taught by renowned scientists in methods, interpretation, and applications of molecular genetic analyses for conservation of endangered species, who will also share a variety of their personal experiences in this important field.

Workshops by visiting professors

As part of global cooperation and boosting the development of bioinformatics in Russia, Dobzhansky Center hosted seminars and workshops with prominent scientists. (more…)

Development of center IT infrastructure

A wiki was started to facilitate exchange project progress, details on software, techniques (methods) and other information between members of the center. In plans

  • make some open access pages in wiki for discussion of center results and plans
  • use code repository for scripts and programs written by members of center
  • use project tracking techniques

Polly Wanna Genome?

Puerto Rican businesses and residents come together to support the genomic sequencing of the island’s only native parrot species, hoping to help protect the endangered bird.
Sequencing the parrot’s genome could not only serve as a tool for studying the current genetic variation of the Puerto Rican parrot, but could also help identify genetic changes that accompanied the diversification of ancestral parrot species.

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Joint caucus with Algorithmic Biology Lab

Friday, December 9, Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics hosted a joint caucus with Algorythmic Biology laboratory (St Petersburg Academic University). Researchers of both centers gave presentations of their work, acievements they have accomplished, as well as about methods and advanced computer tools they use. (more…)

Dr. Stephen O’Brien interview (in Russian)

See full text in Russian at:

Genome Instability, Evolution and Human Diseases

Dear colleagues!

There’s going to be a meeting in June, 2013 in St. Petersburg called
“Genome Instability, Evolution and Human Diseases”. Here’s the link:

Stem cells and bioinformatics challenges

Invited talk: Prof. Kiselev S.L.
Moscow, The Vavilov Institute of General Genetics (VIGG) (
When: October, 12, 2012; 2pm. Room number will be updated
Location: St Petersburg Academic University (
8/3 Khlopina Str, St Petersburg, 194021, Russia


Dear participants of RECOMB-BE/AB,

First of all, thank you once again for participating in RECOMB-BE/AB in St. Petersburg, Russia!

Nobel Prize Laureates Meeting

The First Nobel Prize Laureates Meeting “Science and Mankind Progress” in St Petersburg was held in 2003. It was followed by the Second St Petersburg Meeting “Science and Society” in 2005. St Petersburg Scientific Forum “Science and Society. (more…)

Iconic Darwin Finch Genome Sequenced

Prof. Lev Klebanov

Professor Lev Klebanov will give an intensive course “Statistical analysis of microarrays: problems and advances” on Tuesday 4.09 and Wednesday 5.09 (Faculty of Biology and Soil Sciences SPSU, room 7a, beginning from 14-30)

(рус) Доклады в Санкт-Петербургском государсвенном университете 22 и 24 мая 2012 года

Sorry, this entry is only available in рус.

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 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.

A symposium to launch the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics


Press Release

Conference schedule and presentation’s slides

April 27,28,2012

Welcome to St. Petersburg for the Symposium to launch the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics at St . Petersburg. The short two-day conference will be held on the campus of St. Petersburg State University in historic downtown St. Petersburg (

10,000 Genomes to Come

No Genome Left Behind

The 6th international conference on “Advances in Canine and Feline Genomics and Inherited Diseases”

Welcome to Visby for the 6th international conference on “Advances in Canine and Feline Genomics and Inherited Diseases”. The conference will be held at Wisby Strand Congress & Event ( in the medieval town of Visby in Sweden on May 28 through June 1, 2012.

The International Feline Retrovirus Research Symposium (IFRRS)

The IFRRS is a bi-annual conference organized since 1991 alternating in the US and in Europe which brings together renowned experts from the international scientific community who study feline retroviruses and related topics and employ feline models of retroviral research. The symposium (Aug 26-29, Leinzig, Germany) focuses on the latest advances in genomics, immunology, and infectious disease as well as gene therapy, anti-viral therapy and vaccine development from the perspective of feline health and the potential translational applications to human health. (more…)

First RECOMB Satellite Conference on Open Problems in Algorithmic Biology

The First RECOMB Satellite Conference on Open Problems in Algorithmic Biology (RECOMB-AB) will be held August 27-29, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia. This workshop brings together leading researchers in the mathematical, computational, and life sciences to discuss current challenges in computational biology, with an emphasis on open algorithmic problems. The program will consist of invited speakers, contributed speakers, posters, and discussion panels.

International Conference Chromosome 2012

We are pleased to announce that the International Conference “Chromosome 2012″ will be held on September 2-7, 2012 at the House of Scientists, Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk, Russia.

Recent Advances In Conservation Genetics Short Course

The American Genetic Association, NOAHS-Smithsonian Institution and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) is presenting a 10 day intensive course January 25, 2012 through February 4, 2012, at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in the Republic of Panama.