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Georgii Bazykin graduated from the Biology Department of the Moscow State University in 2001. He obtained PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 2007. Since 2007, he has headed the Sector of Molecular Evolution at the Kharkevitch Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IITP RAS).

Prof. Bazykin’s research interests lie in the field of biological evolution at different levels. He focuses on disentangling the roles of natural selection and non-selective processes in evolution of genotypes, and on clarifying how genetic interactions shape the patterns of evolution and variation. He is particularly interested in evolution of immune system avoidance and drug resistance in pathogens, and in applications of evolutionary reasoning to medical genetics. His current major focus is genomic epidemiology of viruses, including SARS-CoV-2.

Georgii Bazykin has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers on a wide range of subjects in molecular evolution. He has received several awards, including the Outstanding scientist of the Russian Academy of Sciences Award of the Russian Science Support Foundation (2008); the Young scientist award of the Russian Club of the European Academy (2012); and the Deripaska award for the best work by gifted young scientists of the Moscow University (2014). He is an Editorial Board Member of Biology Letters, a Review editor in Frontiers in Genetics, a Recommender in PCI Evol Biol, and an Advisory board member in F1000 Research.

At Skoltech, Prof. Bazykin pursues a research agenda directed on understanding the constraints of evolution and causes of adaptation in a wide range of biological systems; on clarifying the factors of mutagenesis in germline and in cancer; and on understanding, predicting, and preventing drug resistance and immune system avoidance mutations in pathogens. He also leads the MS Program in Life Sciences in the position of program director.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation activities

Joint work with multiple clinical genetics laboratories (GenoMed, Genetico, Progresslab and others) as part of the Skoltech Biomedical Initiative (SBI) project.

Academic Reputation and Societal Impact

Joint work with multiple clinical genetics laboratories (GenoMed, Genetico, Progresslab and others) as part of the Skoltech Biomedical Initiative (SBI) project on early embryonic mortality.

Multiple joint projects with Central Research Institute for Epidemiology on molecular epidemiology of socially relevant disease.

Projects on deciphering the determinants of somatic mutation rates in human cancer are of potential applied value for personalized medicine (differential diagnostics and treatment of cancer types).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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