Armen H. Trchounian
1973 - 1978: Yerevan State University (YSU), Yerevan, Armenia, M.Sc. Program
1978 - 1981: YSU, Ph.D. Program

Academic degree
Candidate (Ph.D.) – “Interaction between transport systems for hydrogen and potassium ions in Escherichia coli”, 1982, YSU, USSR
Doctoral (D.Sc.) – “Transport of cations in bacteria: transport systems and principles of their interaction”, 1990, Tbilisi State University, USSR

Academic titles
Senior Scientific Worker – The Highest Attestation Commission of the UUSR, 1987
Professor – The Supreme Certifying Commission of Armenia, 2002
Corresponding Member – National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, 2006

Professional experience
Present Position – Head, Department of Microbiology and Plant and Microbe Biotechnology , Biology Faculty of the YSU (from 2011) ; Principal Investigator, Laboratory of Microbiology, Bioenergetics and Biotechnology, Research Institute of Biology, YSU (from 2015)
Professor, Department of Medical Bichemistry and Biotechnology, Institute of Mathematics and High Technologies, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic ) University
Previous experience- At the Department of Biophysics, Biology Faculty of the YSU: 1993 - 2011: Professor, 1990 - 1994: Leading Researcher (Research Professor); 1981 - 1990: Senior, Junior Researcher
Visiting Positions – 2013 - 2013: Visiting Scholar, Institute of Biology/Microbiology, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany (c/o Prof. R. Gary Sawers) ; 2000-2001, 1998-1999: Visiting Professor, School of Animal and Microbial Sciences, The University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AJ, UK (c/o Dr. S.C. Andrews); 1999 - 2000: Research Fellow, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA 22908, USA (c/o Prof. Dr. R.K. Nakamoto); 1998: Invited Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chiba University, Chiba 263, Japan (c/o Prof. Dr. H. Kobayashi); 1995: Research Fellow, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chiba University, Chiba 263, Japan (c/o Prof. Dr. H. Kobayashi); 1991-1992: Fulbright Scholar, Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, The University of Chicago, Chicago IL 60637, USA (c/o Prof. Dr. W. Epstein) ; 1988: Fellow, Institute of Biophysics of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Pushchino Moscow Region 142292, Russia (c/o Prof. Dr. Galina D. Mironova); 1981: Period Subject, Department of Bioenergetics, A. Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology of the Moscow State University, Moscow 119899, Russia (c/o Dr. A.N. Glagolev)

Academic courses
At the Biology Faculty of the YSU:
Courses on Membranology (Department of Biophysics, B.Sc. Program on Bioinformatics); on Bioenergetics (Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, M.Sc. Program), Membrane Biochemistry (Department of Biochemistry, M.Sc. Program); on Bioelectrogenesis, Ion Transport (Department of Biophysics, M.Sc. Program), and Membrane Permeability (Department of Biochemistry, B.Sc. Program); on Bioenergetics and Biophysics and Biotechnology of Microorganisms (Department of Biophysics, B.Sc. Program); on General Biophysics, Membrane Biophysics (Department of Biophysics, B.Sc.Program)
1995 - 1998: Courses on Biometrics (Division of Biology, Departments of Biophysics and of Biochemistry); 1993 - 1999: Course on Membrane Transport (Department of Biochemistry); 1993 - 1997: Courses on Electro-biology, Methods in Teaching of Biology (Department of Biophysics); 1996 - 1998, 1984 - 1986: Course on Bioenergetics (Department of Biophysics)

Scale of professional interests
Biophysics, Microbiology, Biochemistry; Biotechnology, Education and Science Administration;
Bacterial transport and energetics (Proton, potassium and sodium ion, end product secretion, respiratory chain, F0F1-type ATP synthase), Bacterial metabolism and physiology (Fermentation, osmotic adaptation, regulation of cytoplasmic pH, hydrogen production; effects of extremely high frequency electromagnetic field)

Participation in grant projects
Research funding
1993: Current Grants from Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia; 1993 - 2005 Leading Researcher, Head of Scientific Group; From 2005: Principal Investigator for grants #0167 - 2005; #1012 - 2008; #11 - 1F202 - 2011 - 2012; #13 - 1F002 - 2013 - 2015
Education grants
2015: ASM Ambassador Project Fund award for “Biosafety from Lab to Environment: Cultures of Responsibility” Workshop at YSU; 2015: DAAD Project award for alumni seminar “Climate Change and Microbiology” at YSU; 2009-2010: ASM - UNESCO Leadership Grant for Intern. Educators, USA; 1997: EU TEMPUS-TACIS Program on University Management and Administration (with Italian) (PreJEP 3077/96); Rome Third University, Italy
Research grants
2014 - 2017, 2012-2014, 2006-2010, 2001-2003: Projects (A-2089, A-1980, A-1327, A-1321, A-1227, A-732) of Int. Scientific-Technological Center (ISTC), Moscow, Russia (Group Leader)
2013: DAAD Research scholarship award (A/13/03789), title of research “Hydrogenases and interaction between hydrogen and proton cycles during fermentation in bacteria”
2009, 2005: Grants (no. NS-microbiol-1635) and (no. 05-NS-microbio-724-10) of Armenian National Fund for Education and Science (ANSEF), USA, titles of research “Extremely high frequency electromagnetic radiation effects on bacterial sensitivity to antibiotics: comparative study, possible mechanisms and application” and “Redox sensing by bacteria: oxidizers, reducers, proton-coupled membrane systems and bacterial growth”
2002 - 2004: Project (no. AB1-2307-YE02) under Collaborative Grant Program of the Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), USA, title of research “Direct energy coupling between bacterial membrane systems via dithiol-disulfide exchange”
2000 - 2001, 1998 - 1999: Grants of the Royal Society, United Kingdom, titles of research “Study on the requirement of F0F1 ATP synthase for hydrogenase activity in E. coli” and “Study on the interaction of formate hydrogenlyase, F0F1 ATP synthase and K+ transport in E. coli”
1999 - 2000: Research Fellowship (no. 72/98) of the Intern. HFSP Organization, France, title of research “Dithiol-disulfide Interchange in Operation of Transport Systems of Membranes”
1997 - 1998, 1992: Invitation Fellowship (no. RC39726105) of the JSPS for Research in Japan, title “Homeostatic Ion-Transport Mechanisms” and Fellowship (no. 91018) of JSPS under Postdoctoral Program for Foreign Researchers
1994 - 1995: Research Fellowship (no. 293/94) of the HFSP Organization, France, title of research “Interaction between Transport Systems of Membranes”
1991 - 1992: Fulbright Grant (no. 15404) of the USA Information Agency for Lecturing, topics “Membrane Transport Systems and Their Role in Cell Physiology”
2011, 2006 - 2010, 2001 - 2003: Projects (A-1327, A-1321, A-732) of the ISTC, Moscow, Russia (Group Leader, Participant)

Armenian, Russian, English (speak, read and write fluently)

Professional membership
Academies, Societies and Councils, of which I am a Member
2006: Current National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (NAS RA): from 2007 - Member of Bureau of the Division of Natural Sciences
2009: Intern. Academy for National Security Problems (Russia)
2008: Current Intern. Engineering Academy (Russia)
2006: Current Eur. Academy of Natural Sciences (Germany); Academy of Medical Technical Sciences of the Russian Federation, Russia; Intern. Union of Science Knights (Germany)
2005: Current Intern. Academy of Sciences “Ararat”, France (Honor Member); Armenian Academy of Pedagogical-Psychological Sciences
2003: Current The Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Russia
1994: Current The New York Academy of Sciences, USA
1991: Current Eur. Bioelectromagnetic Association, Belgium-France-Germany
1982: Current Intern. Bioelectrochemical Society, USA-France-Germany-Italy-Russia
1998: Current American Society for Microbiology, USA;
Biophysical Society, USA: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010: Mentor for minorities
2007: Current Armenian Engineering Academy; 2009-Current Armenian Microbiological Association (FEMS Member Society); 2004: Current Armenian Association for Biochemists (FEBS Member Society): from 2009 – Member of the Council;
1991: Current All-Armenian Biophysical Society, Armenia (IUPAB Observer Society): from 1995- Member of the Executive Board
1990: Current Council of Biology Faculty of the YSU: for 1993-1999- Chairman of Educational-Methodical Board; 2002-Current Council of the Eolyan Republican Hematological Center, Ministry of Health of the RA
1988 - 1990: Supervisor of the Student scientific society of Biological Faculty of the YSU
1998: Current Research Board of Advisors, American Biographical Institute, USA;
2000: Current Biology Program-Educational Commission under the National Institute of Education, Yerevan

Awards received
2003: Prize of the President of RA for the Achievement in Natural Sciences
2014: The outstanding service award of International Association of Hydrogen Energy for altruistic contribution to the cause of Hydrogen Economy
2011: The scientific award of excellence – 2011 of the American Biographical Institute (USA) in the field of Biophysics & Biotechnology
2010: Award of the National Academy of Sciences of RA, Ministry of Diaspora of RA, and Armenians Union of Russia for the best scientific paper in Natural Sciences in 2008
1984: Prize for young scientists of YSU
2015: Prize of UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Innovation Projects National Competition
Orders and Medals
2004: Memorable Gold Medal of the Ministry of Education and Science of RA; 2007 M. Lomonosov Order of the National Committee of Public Rewards of the Russian Federation (Russia); 2006 Order of the Star of Senator of the European Academy of Natural Sciences (Germany); 2004 Honor Cross Order of Merit of the European Academy of Natural Sciences Germany);
2012, 2009: Jubilee Medal “Military Forces of Armenia. 20 years”, Marshal Baghramyan Medal, Ministry of Defense of RA
2011, 2008, 2003: Robert Koch Medal , Vladimir Negovsky Medal, Rudolf Virchow Medal, European Academy of Natural Sciences (Germany)
2010: Khachatur Abovyan Medal, Armenian Pedagogical State University, Yerevan; Gold Medal of the Military Medicine Faculty, Yerevan State Medical University, Yerevan; Jubilee Medal of Armenians Union of Russia, Moscow
2008:Honorary Medal , Armenian Engineering Academy
2007:Academician N.M. Sissakian Medal, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences for the Achievement in Biochemistry and Space Biomedicine (Russia);
2006: Gold Medals of YSU, Yerevan State Architecture-Construction University; 2005 Gold Medal of Yerevan State Medical University, Memorable Medal of Yerevan State Linguistic University; Honor Deed of the Chairman of the National Assembly of RA for scientific achievements
1979: Memorable Medal for the best student research paper of Armenia, Ministry of Higher and Middle Professional Education of Armenia

Honorary Professor
2014: Honorary Professor, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University, Yerevan
2007: Honorary Professor, Mesrop Mashtots University, Stepanakert

Armen H. Trchounian

Head of Chair | Faculty of Biology - Chair of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology


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A. Trchounian, M. Petrosyan, N. Sahakyan

Redox State as a Central Regulator of Plant-Cell Stress Responses. Chapter 2. Plant Cell Redox Homeostasis and Reactive Oxygen Species (Ed. D.K. Gupta et al.) | Springer International. 2016, 25 p.

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Mikayel Ginovyan, Margarit Petrosyan, Armen Trchounian

Antimicrobial activity of some plant materials used in Armenian traditional medicine | BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2017, 17, 50, pp. 1-9 |

Ani Avetisyan, Anahit Markosian, Margarit Petrosyan, Naira Sahakyan, Anush Babayan, Samvel Aloyan, Armen Trchounian

Chemical composition and some biological activities of the essential oils from basil Ocimum different cultivars | BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2017, 17, 60, pp. 1-8 |

Anna Toplaghaltsyan, Inga Bazukyan, Armen Trchounian

The effects of different carbon sources on the antifungal activity by lactic acid bacteria | Current Microbiology. 2017, 74, pp. 168-174

Karen Trchounian, Anna Poladyan, Armen Trchounian

Enhancement of Escherichia coli bacterial biomass and hydrogen production by some heavy metal ions and their mixtures during glycerol vs glucose fermentation at a relatively wide range of pH | International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2017, 42, 10, pp. 6590-6597 |

Diana Soghomonyan, Armen Trchounian

The Effects of Different Physicochemical Factors on Survival of Human Gut Lactic Acid Bacteria | International Society of Microbiota. 2017, 3 (3), pp. 1-4
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Grigoryan S., Bazukyan I., Grigoryan R., Sarkisyan N., Trchounian A.

Study of host-microbial interaction of lactic acid bacteria | FEBS Advance Course “Current Advances in Pathogen Research”. 2016, p. 15-16 |

Anna Poladyan, Satenik Mirzoyan, Armen Trchounian

Effect of Different Substrates on Growth and Redox Potential Kinetics of Escherichia coli Wild Type and Hydrogenases Lacking Mutant | US Biophysical Society 60th Annual Meeting. 2016, p. 315 |

K. Trchounian, S. Spaans, A. Trchounian, A. Stams, S. Kengen

Investigation of the Formate and Hydrogen Metabolism of Different Thermococcus Species | American Society for Microbiology General Meeting ASM MICROBE 2016. p. 218

A. Margaryan, D. Soghomonyan, S. Astanyan, K. Ohanyan, H. Badalyan, A. Trchounian

New Approach to Monitor Gamma-rays Effects on Different Bacteria in the Environment | American Society for Microbiology General Meeting ASM MICROBE 2016. p. 791-791

M. Petrosyan, A. Avetisyan, A. Markosian, N. Sahakyan, A. Babayan, S. Aloyan, A. Trchounian

Essential Oils of Basil Plants as Antimicrobial Agents | American Sociaty for Microbiology General Meeting ASM MICROBE 2016, p. 189
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