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Research interests

Dr. Gelfand graduated from the Moscow State University (MSU) with a degree in mathematics. Since then he worked in the fields of bioinformatics and molecular evolution and obtained the Candidate of Sciences degree in Mathematics and Biophysics from Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics, Pushchino, and then the Doctor of Sciences degree in Biology and Molecular Biology from Research Institute for Genetics and Selection of Industrial Microorganisms (GosNIIGenetika).  Dr. Gelfand held research positions at Institute of Protein Research and at GosNIIGenetika, and the position of Director of Science at Integrated Genomics, Moscow. Today, Dr. Gelfand is Professor of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics at MSU, Vice-Director for Science at the Kharkevich Institute for Information Transmission Problems RAS (ITTP), and Head of IITP Research and Training Center of Bioinformatics.

Dr. Gelfand is a well-established bioinformatics specialist in the international scientific community. His research encompasses comparative genomics, systems biology, molecular evolution, transcriptomics, metagenomics. Currently he is studying co-evolution of transcription factors and their recognition sites, microevolution of bacterial genomes on the strain level, evolution of alternative splicing, three-dimensional structure of chromatin and epigenetics. Dr. Gelfand published the results of his research in major international scientific journals, such as Genome Research, Molecular Cell, Nature Communications, Molecular Systems Biology, Genome Biology, Trends in Genetics, Briefings in Bioinformatics,  Proceedings of the National Academy of Science,  Nucleic Acids Research, PLoS Genetics. His papers have been cited more than seven thousand times, and his Hirsch factor is 47.

Dr. Gelfand actively serves professional community: he is an elected member of Academia Europaea, Associate Editor of Journal of Computational Biology, member of editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Bacteriology, Peer J, and Biology Direct, and referee for leading scientific journals. Dr.Gelfand also regularly serves on the Program Committees for international workshops and conferences on Genetics, Biophysics, and Bioinformatics.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation activities

STRIP grant (with PhD student Yu.Sarana)

Academic Reputation and Societal Impact

I have read numberous popular lectures at different cities that are important to disseminate scientific knowledge and, more importantly, scientific way of reasoning. Many of them have been recorded and are available at Youtube. I’ve also recorded a cycle of short lectures at PostNauka and a number of lectures at other outlets.
I am a founding member of the Dissernet movement dedicated to extermination of plagiarism in scientific publications.
I am the deputy editor-in-chief of the “Troitsky Variant – Nauka” newspaper.
I am a founding member of the Council of Scientific Phylantropic “Evolution” Foundation.
I regularly organize a laboratory at the Summer School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology for high school students.

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 14 - Life Below Water


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