Nelli Hovhannisyan
Education
2011 (August 24-26): Challenges in Capacity Building in Biosafety Training in Agricultural Biotechnology. FAO Regional expert consultation on upgrading of curricula and training programmes in agricultural biotechnology and biosafety, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
2011 (July 29-August 4): Capacity building in agricultural biotechnologies and biosafety TECHNICAL COOPERATION PROGRAMME (TCP) “Agricultural biotechnologies and biosafety - basic principles and concepts” National training workshop, Tzakhkadzor, Armenia
2010 (12-16 April): Training Course on “The Analysis of Food and Feed Samples for the Presence of Genetically Modified Organisms” TUBITAK Marmara Research Centre, Food Institute, Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
2009 (5-10 October): International Summer School in Environmental Risk Management University of Bologna, Ravenna, Italy
2008 (Jan - Dec): Certificate of Advanced Studies in Biosafety and Plant Genetic Resources Management University of Geneva, Switzerland
2005 - 2007: MSc in Biology Faculty of Biology, Yerevan State University
2001 - 2005: BSc in Biology Faculty of Biology, Yerevan State University

Academic degree
Doctor in Biology/Molecular and Cellular Biology – “Evaluation of cytotoxic and antimutagenic activity of callus culture of Nerium oleander L.” awarded on 2009 by the resolution of the Council of Institute of Biochemistry of National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

Professional experience
2010 - up to date: Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Nature Protection, Faculty of Biology, Yerevan State University
2012 - up to date: Senior Researcher, Faculty of Biology, Yerevan State University
2007 - 2010: Lecturer, Department of Ecology and Nature Protection, Faculty of Biology, Yerevan State University
2007 - 2010: Researcher, Faculty of Biology, Yerevan State University
2007 - 2008: Leading Specialist, Department of International Cooperation of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia

Academic courses
BSc Courses
Fundamentals of Ecology and Nature Protection
Ecology and Rational Use of Resources
Biodiversity conservation and biosafety
MSc Courses
Agricultural Biotechnology
Environmental Biotechnology
Agrobiodiversity, Biotechnology and Sustainability
Functional and Comparative Genomics
Food safety and quality

Scale of professional interests
Conservation of Biodiversity, plant genomics and biotechnology, food safety and biosafety

Participation in grant projects (present and past)
2013-up to date CIF 15/3 Competitive Innovation Fund «Establishment of Center of Excellence in Applied Biosciences», YSU
2013-up to date 13-1F237, Scientific and Technical Contractual (Thematic) State Budget Funding, «Comparative Archeogenetic Investigation Of Ancient Grape Remains From Areni Cave»
March– April 2013 GIZ project on Sustainable Management of Biodiversity. South Caucasus
Development of Student Handbook on Agrobiodiversity Conservation and Sustainable use for BSc and MSc Levels
Nov– Dec 2012 GIZ project on Sustainable Management of Biodiversity. South Caucasus
Development of Teaching Guide on Agrobiodviersity Conservation and Sustainable Use for BSc and MSc Levels
Aug– Nov 2012 GIZ project on Sustainable Management of Biodiversity. South Caucasus
Assessment of Current State of Agrobiodviersity Ex situ Conservation and Existing Genebanks Capacities
2010 - up to date: 159340-TEMPUS-ES-TEMPUS-JPCR Development of Master Course In Applied Biosciences, YSU
2011 - up to date: COST FA 1003 «East-West Collaboration for Grapevine Diversity Exploration and Mobilization of Adaptive Traits for Breeding»
2011 - 2012: OSAF 17119 “Learning Outcomes-based Study Programme on the Example of YSU Bachelor in Biology”, YSU
2011 - 2012: Armenian National Science & Education Fund project N2340 “DNA Barcoding of wheat wild relatives growing in Erebuni Reserve in Armenia: Global technology supporting the documentation and conservation of plants genetic resources”, YSU
2010 - 2011: Armenian National Science & Education Fund project N1838 «Assessment of genetic diversity and identification of disease resistance genes in wild populations of Triticum boeoticum and Aegilops tauschii by using DNA based
STS (Sequence tagged sites) and RAPD (random amplified polymorphic DNAs) markers” YSU
2008 - 2009: IFAR Project (Ravi Tadvalkar Memorial Scholarship), “Conservation of wild wheat in Armenia through assessment for disease resistance”, YSU
2007 - 2009: UNEP/GEF: “In-situ Conservation of Crop Wild Relatives Through Enhanced Information Management and Field Application” project,Ministry of Nature Protection of RA
2004 - 2005: Development of Interactive CD based learning course “Laboratory of Biology” under the project “Development of the base tool means for support of electronic training''- OSI Assistance Foundation grant, YSU
2003 - 2004: Development of Interactive CD based learning course “Fundamentals of Ecology” under the project “Development of the base tool means for support of electronic training''- OSI Assistance Foundation grant, YSU

Languages
Russian - fluent, English - good, French - good

Professional membership
2013-up to date Member of ANQA Accreditation commission
2012-up to date Member of Academic Council of Faculty of Biology, Yerevan State University
2012-up to date Member of Quality Assurance Commission of Faculty of Biology, Yerevan State University
2010 - 2011: FEBS Advanced Lecture Course “Trends in genetics: Genomic Instability and Pathways of Response”. Chairman of organising commitee
2009 - up to date: Society for Conservation Biology, USA
2007 - 2008: Conference Coordinator of International Conference “The importance of ecology and nature protection in the sustainable development perspectives”, 20-21 November, 2008, Yerevan, Armenia.
2008 - up to date: Crop Wild Relatives Discussion Group Coordinator
2005 - up to date: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Species survival commission, Crop wild relatives specialists group (IUCN, SSC, CWRSG)

Awards received
2009: Gold award, 5th Fruitful Armenia International contest, 23th -24th November «Development of Innovative Strategy to Strength Apiculture Export»
2008: CANDLE prize for the best presentation on Young Scientists Conference “Perspectives for the Development of Molecular and Cellular Biology”, March 30-31, 2008, Yerevan, Armenia
2003 - 2007: Levon Orbeli’s Stipend for Excellence in Education
2007: FAR Scholarship for Excellence in Education
Nelli Hovhannisyan