Short Retreat-report

Short Retreat-report was held in Dobzhansky Centre on Thoursday, February 1. The speakers were: Stephen O’Brien, Vladimir Brukhin, Pasha Dobrynin and Dmitry Polev.
In addition to this in discussions participate Sergey Aplonov, Valeri Puzyrev, Gennady Vasiliev etc.

Congratulate professor Stephen O’Brien with new title: Academission of Russian Academy of Sciences!

Retreat 2017

Traditional Miniconference (retreat) for the lab’s staff and for guests on August 20-22 2017 in Druzhba hotel (Vyborg).

PostDoc open position

The Dobzhansky Centers for Genomic Bioinformatics at the St. Petersburg State University headed by Prof. Stephen O’Brien is advertising a postdoc position in the group of Vladimir Brukhin (

The research topic: “Sequencing, assembly and annotation of the highly heterozygous genome of the apomictic plant Boechera divaricarpa”. Classifiers: Bioinformatics; Molecular and Cellular Biology; Plant Genomics; Plant Developmental Biology.

The project is carried out in cooperation with the Prof. Ueli Grossniklaus (University of Zurich in Switzerland) and Prof. Thomas Mitchell-Olds (Duke University in North Carolina).

Requirements for the candidate: PhD in the field of bioinformatics, computer science, molecular genetics, molecular biology or similar fields. The candidate should be familiar with the basic bioinformatic tools, as well as has the ability to quickly learn assemblers such as Platanus, Discovar, etc., to understand the algorithms for assembly of highly heterozygous genomes (~230 MB) without reference, and be interested in plant genomes. Knowledge of the basics programming is highly desirable. The candidate has to be able to talk and write in English, to prioritize work stages, meet deadlines, the ability to work in a group and interact constructively with international partners are important. Skills of writing scientific publications for international peer-reviewed journals are necessry.

A successful candidate will be appointed at the Dobzhansky Center for Genomic Bioinformatics, SPSU for a period of two years with a possible extension for the third year depending on the obtained results and publishing records.The salary will be 60K rubles per month (equal to $1K US) with possible additional payment from grants.

More detailes about the project and conditions can be obtained from the project PI Vladimir Brukhin, Email: vbrukhinATgmailDOTcom, tel. +7 (812) 363-61-03.

Interested candiates should send CV, a motivation letter with a statement of experience and scientific interests, and 2-3 letters of recommendation to Vladimir Brukhin email: vbrukhinATgmailDOTcom

The application for the position is closed after 15.10.2017

Congratulation, Steve!

The project 17-14-01138 “Improvement and comparative analysis of genomes Felidae-family with new sequencing technology” headed by Stephen O’Brien won on competition 2017 of Russian Science Foundation on priorities directions on “Conducting basic researchы by selected research groups”
Full list available here –


Russian Academy of Science elected as a foreign member of the Academy Stephen O’Brien.

Congratulation! It’s real approve his efforts on develop science in Russia

New articles about Human Genome Analysis

Several new articles about Human Genome analysis were published in Nature in September 2016

The articles demonstrate a trends in research

TV broadcasting chanal St/Petersberg Made a clip about Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics

TV Channel Sankt-Petersburg in a serie “Matrix of Science” made 15 minutes video about Theodosius Dobzhansky Centre for Genome Bioinformatics. See the clip on youtube

A Letter from Ministry of Education and Science of RF

Very positive opinion about the Center in Official Letter and in Conclusion on the project


April 22 at 2:00pm Florence Haseltine (President of Haseltine Systems; Founder – Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR); Emerita Scientist NIH) Global Virus Network – Planning for the Future

Conference in Skolkovo “Genome Russia”



April 20 2016 at 2:00pm Oleg Glotov: Molecular-genetic analysis of mutations in children with rare endocrine diseases in North -West Russia by NGS technology

Retreat. Spring 2016

Last weekend we had spring retreat where all the lab’s member talked about their achievements and interests.


06.04.2016 at 2pm Alexey Meshkov (Head of the Laboratory of Molicular Genetics in Federal State Institution National Research Center for Preventive Medicine of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation)
ATHEROGEN-IVANOVO study «The study of the development and progression ofATHEROsclerosis, including taking into account the GENetic and epigenetic factors of cardiovascular risk – a substudy of the ESSE-RF» – design, main results so far and plans.


March 30 2016 at 2pm Vladimir Brukhin: Sequencing, Assembly, and Annotation of the Highly Heterozygous Genome of the Apomictic Plant Boechera divaricarpa

Visit and Seminar


Tatiana Tatarinova, professor from UCLA will held a seminar in The T. Dobzhansky Center. More detailed information about the seminar will be announce soon.

Delegation visit


In a recent time a delegation from Teheran State University (Iran) will visit The center. Expected to make a join scientific seminar and discuss possible cooperation.

Genome Russia samples


For Genome Russia project, 917 blood samples accumulated in The Center from representatives from Bashkiria, Kabardino-Balkaria, Kalmykia, Karachevo-Cherkessia, Komi, Tatarstan, Chechnya, Krasnoyarsk, Fat East, Khabarovsk, Arkhangelst regions, Nizhni-Novgorod, Tverskaya region and Sankt-Petrsburg. Most of the samples passed DNA selection procedure, quality control and ready for sequencing. The first 4 DNA samples already sequenced in SPbSU’s platform “Illumina 2500″. The results demonstrate both: that it possible to sequencing and need to improve quality of sequencing.

Retreat in April 2016


Traditional for T.Dobzhansky Center local conference (retreat) will be in April 2016.



Congratulation to Dr. Vladimir Brukhin to win a grant competition.
Russian Foundation of Basic Researches selected the winners of competition for a proposals of mutual cooperative projects between Russian and Indian research groups. There were 145 proposals and only 50 includes into the list of the winners and one of them, headed by Leading researcher of The Laboratory “Genome Bioinformatics



Dr. Vladimir Brukhin and Professor of University of Zurich, Grossniklaus Ueli won a competition of mutual projects between Russian Foundation of Basic Researches and Switzerland Nation Science Foundation. The Title of the project is “Sequencing, assemble and annotation of high heterozygous genome of apomictive plant “Boechera divaricarpa”.

The oldest Russian University celebrates an anniversary

После долгих споров, историки всё же сумели доказать, что Петербургский университет открыли 290 лет назад, при Петре Первом.