The Scientific Laboratory, funded by the State Committee of Science of the Ministry of Education and Science of Germany and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is one of the two Armenian-German joint laboratories operating in Armenia.
The Armenian-German Laboratory of Molecular Biotechnology was established in 2017 based on the agreement between the Armenian State Committee of Science and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The foundation of the laboratory was the basis for more than 15 years of cooperation between YSU and the Institute of Human Genetics of Geneva. About 100 scientific works were published; about 45 trips were organized for researchers and students.
The Scientific Laboratory conducts research in 4 main directions: genetically new markers, DNA injury in human genome, and molecular-cellogenic effects of chemical mutagenes, AREAL electron accelerator radiation molecular-cellular results, and evaluation of DNA repetitions in patients with infertility.
“We have been working with the Chair for a long time. This lab will allow us to further expand the areas of cooperation, including new scientific and educational programs. Collaboration is mutually beneficial and effective because young scientists and students are able to gain experience and share experiences through joint programs,” - says Laboratory Coordinator, Honorary Doctor of YSU and invited guest lecturer Thomas Lir.
By the way, Thomas Lir, the Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Cell Genetics at the Institute of Human Genetics of Jena, offers lectures for YSU's Bachelor and Master students every year, and also provides scientific the Chair's specialists with consulting.
A workshop on laboratory work was also held at the Chair, during which the main directions of cooperation, already registered scientific results, educational programs were discussed, including master’s programs.
“It is worth mentioning that other chairs are included in the program. In particular, Dr. Marina Arakelyan, head of the Chair of Zoology, will supervise the study of lizard chromosomes in summer. The use of biological statistical methods in specific genetic studies will be discussed. We have certain programs for two years, and we are sure that as a result of our cooperation, our students will be able to travel to Germany in future,” - says Professor Ruben Harutyunyan, Head of the Chair of Genetics and Cytology.
The opening ceremony of the laboratory was attended by YSU vice-rectors, Dean of the Faculty and professors, who highly appreciated the work of the Chair.