RAU Professors Published in the Journal NATURE
The research article 137 ancient human genomes from across the Eurasian steppes by Levon Yepiskoposyan DSc, Professor at the Department of Bioengineering, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology of Russian-Armenian University, Head of Laboratory of Ethnogenomics at the Institute of Molecular Biology at the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, superviser of the research topic Genetic Diversity, Population Structure and Demographic History of Ethnically Homogeneous Population at RAU and Zaruhi Khachatryan, Ph.D. was published in Nature, one of the world's top academic journals.
As a result of having an article published in Nature, the total research impact factor of Russian-Armenian University will increase twofold. This is the first time that RAU has an affiliation with a scientific journal of this level. Having an article published in Nature is extremely important for scholars, as it is among the most frequently quoted journals and it gives a wide international recognition to its authors. As a reward, the Academic Board of Russian-Armenian University has decided to bestow one million AMD upon the research article’s authors.
Prof. Levon Yepiskoposyan explained that the interest in the study of the ancient DNAs emerged in the face of the need to determine the degree of genetic continuity of population of a given geographic region and results of genetic contacts between various ethno-territorial entities and movements of prehistoric human migrations. Nowadays historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and linguists are interested in the question of whether modern Armenians are the direct descendants of the population that lived in the Armenian Highlands starting from the Neolithic Age. In this context, molecular genetics serves to help the traditional sciences that cover the Armenian Studies. Additionally, research in this field can answer more general questions on the origins and expansion of languages and archaeological cultures.
"We have also been actively engaging RAU undergraduate and postgraduate students in all of our projects on reconstruction of the genetic history of the Armenians since 2010. They have successfully written several theses on this matter. We are always open to cooperation with students interested in population genetics with a background not only in Biology, but also IT", he highlighted.
Nature is a British multidisciplinary scientific journal, ranked the world's most cited scientific journal by the Science Edition of the 2010 Journal Citation Reports and is ascribed an impact factor of 40.137, thus being among the top academic journals in the world. It publishes original research across a wide range of scientific fields. In 2009 Nature entered the 100 most influential journals of Biology & Medicine over the last 100 years and was honored as 'journal of the century' by the BioMedical & Life Sciences Division (DBIO) of the Special Libraries Association (SLA).