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I welcome you to the Site of the brand new Center of Genome Informatics at St Petersburg State University. The Center is named to honor the seminal research and mentorring contributions of Professor Theodosius Dobzhansky who is considered the father of empirical populations genetics.

Dobzhansky began his studies of genetics as a young faculty member at St Petersburg State University in the 1920s before immigrating to Columbia University in New York to study with Thomas Hunt Morgan and the amazing “Drosophila fly “ group. His voluminous and insightful work has been an inspiration to a generation of gene and genome scientists who have embraced his appreciation for the value natural population assessment. His legacy includes a plethora of productive students (notably Richard Lewontin, Bruce Wallace, Francisco Ayala, Wyatt Anderson, Jeff Powell and many more innovators of population genetic theory and practice). In step with (actually at times in conflict with) the giants of theoretical population genetics of his day (Sewell Wright, Jim Crow, Motoo Kimura), Dobzhansky’s team set the stage for applications in today’s genome wide association studies (GWAS) in human and model species, forensic identifications in capitol crime scenes, and conservation genetics, three fields to which I have been honored to have contributed.

The Dobzhansky Center is dedicated to building a strong forward-thinking group of genome and computer scientists to generate and interpret the massive datasets of our genomic era. At first, we will act as a training center dedicated to producing capable and innovation junior investigators in genome informatics. Their applications shall complement and perhaps invigorate research discoveries in human and comparative medicine as well as in evolutionary and conservation genomics. I had the privilege to have learned in my youth so much from Professor Dobzhansky and his students, that I am hoping that the faculty and fellows that make us the Dobzhansky Center would give back to the Russian students of genetics a taste of the honey that Dobzhansky and his contemporaries have seeded.

Stephen J O'Brien
April 2, 2012

Theodosius Dobzhansky

Geneticist & Evolutionary Biologist
Theodosius Dobzhansky American geneticist and evolutionary biologist and a central figure in the field of evolutionary biology is recognized for...

Stephen J O'Brien

Chief Scientific Officer
I welcome you to the Site of the brand new Center of Genome Informatics at St Petersburg State University. The...

Vladimir Brukhin

Leading researcher, Deputy Director 
Vladimir Brukhin    Leading researcher, Deputy Director  Joined the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics in February 2013 right after returning...

Lab's news

SPBU on web site published an article about achievement of the Center and published article.

September, 27 2019 ( Friday at 2pm: Dr. Kirill Vinnikov from Hawaii University (USA) and head of the lab at the Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok) "Exome sequencing of non-model species"

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