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Research interests

Philipp Khaitovich, born in Moscow, Russia in 1973.

Philipp completed undergraduate studies in molecular biology at Moscow State University in 1995 and PhD in biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999.

From 2000 till 2006 Philipp worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology at the department of Evolutionary Genetics headed by Prof. Svante Pääbo.

In September 2006, Philipp took a faculty position at the Institute for Computational Biology jointly established by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Max Planck Society in Shanghai China. In 2012 Philipp was promoted to an institute director position.

From 2012, Philipp is a fellow member of Max Planck Society of Germany, as well as adjunct Professor at ShanghaiTech University in Shanghai, China.

Philipp joined Skoltech as a Full Professor in April 2014.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation activities

PhD students’ startups:

1) Grant UMNIK-EFKO “Development of a test-system based on a panel of genetic markers for creating high stearin and high palmitic sunflower.”
Winner: Alina Chernova.

2) Grant UMNIK-EFKO “Development of a marker search system for genomic selection using rapeseed as an example.”
Winner: Rim Gubaev.

Academic Reputation and Societal Impact

Several of our current projects, both in the direction of NEURO and AGRO research, conducted in collaboration with industry, have high social relevance.

-        Development of an objective biochemical test for diagnostics of common cognitive disorders (schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, autism).
-        Identification of breast milk components essential for optimal brain development.

-        Development and localization of all components of the genetic-marker-assisted selection and breeding programs within Russian Federation. These programs currently cover the following agricultural organisms:

  • Cows
  • Pigs
  • Sunflower
  • Rapeseed
  • Soybean
  • Tomatoes

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


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