RAU Professors' Research Published in Nature
Research article 137 ancient human genomes from across the Eurasian steppes by 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 National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia Levon Yepiskoposyan DSc, Prof. and Zaruhi Khachatryan, Ph.D. was published in Nature, one of the world's top academic journals. At RAU, Prof. Levon Yepiskoposyan supervises the research topic Genetic Diversity, Population Structure and Demographic History of Ethnically Homogeneous Population.
As a reward, the Academic Board of Russian-Armenian University has decided to bestow one million AMD upon the research article's authors. This is the first time that RAU has an affiliation with a scientific journal of this level.
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 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.
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