The Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Plants and Microorganisms (IBPPM RAS)

The Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Plants and Microorganisms (IBPPM RAS)

IBPPM RAS was founded in 1980. For 28 years, it was directed by its organizer, Professor Vladimir Vladimirovich Ignatov, Dr. Sci. (Biol.), Honored Science Worker of the Russian Federation. At present, Professor Sergei Yuryevich Shchyogolev, Dr. Sci. (Chem.) is director of the IBPPM RAS.
The institute's research efforts are directed mainly to elucidating the molecular basis of plant-microorganism interactions. This knowledge is essential to the development of effective, up-to-date genetic-engineering, ecological, agricultural, and other biotechnologies.
Currently, the institute has 115 staff, 60 of whom are scientists. Of them, 17 hold a doctor of science degree (doktor nauk) and 34 hold a candidate of science degree (kandidat nauk). The average age of IBPPM RAS scientists with a doctor's degree is 51, and that of scientists with a candidate's degree is 42-noticeably lower than the corresponding values for the RAS as a whole. Seven staff members hold the academic rank of professor.

The IBPPM RAS is made up of the following laboratories:

  • Biochemistry [Head: Professor V.V. Ignatov, Dr. Sci. (Biol.)]
  • Microbiology [Head: Professor V.E. Nikitina, Dr. Sci. (Biol.)]
  • Microbial Genetics [Head: E.I. Katsy, Dr. Sci. (Biol.)]
  • Plant Cell Physiology [Head: O.I. Sokolov, Dr. Sci. (Biol.)]
  • Bioengineering [Head: M.I. Chumakov, Dr. Sci. (Biol.)]
  • Environmental Biotechnology [Head: Professor O.V. Turkovskaya, Dr. Sci. (Biol.)]
  • Immunochemistry [Head: Professor S.Yu. Shchyogolev, Dr. Sci. (Chem.)]
  • Nanobiotechnology [Head: Professor N.G. Khlebtsov, Dr. Sci. (Phys.-Math.)]
  • Microbial Physiology [Head: Professor O.V. Ignatov, Dr. Sci. (Biol.)]
  • Physical-Chemical Research Methods [Head: E.E. Fedorov, Cand. Sci. (Chem.)]

An important aspect of the IBPPM RAS's activities is the participation of the institute in the integration of science with higher education. A Research and Teaching Center for Physical-Chemical Biology, jointly run by the IBPPM RAS and Saratov State University, has been functioning since 1998.Many alumni of Saratov State University who have been given specialized training at the IBPPM RAS in the base kafedras (subfaculties) of Biochemistry (the Faculty of Biology) and of Biophysics (the Faculty of Nonlinear Processes), as well as in the kafedra of Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry (the Faculty of Chemistry), continue their education in biochemistry, biophysics, bioorganic chemistry, microbiology, and biotechnology by joining postgraduate programs affiliated with the IBPPM RAS since 1995.


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