Population genetics of schizophrenia and other polygenic diseases in Armenia
About the department
The Republic of Armenia established the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) of the National Academy of Sciences in 1966 to promote molecular and cell biology research and education in Armenia. Today, it is one of Armenia’s most important research institutions. To fulfill its educational mission, the Institute has established educational units offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Molecular and Cell Biology, Genetics, and Bioinformatics and Bioengineering.
Impact on development
The Institute for Molecular Biology is training a workforce of researchers in healthcare related fields, helping the country monitor and respond to urgent public health issues and to inform public policy.
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Why Seeding Labs?
In recent years, most of IMB’s equipment budget and fundraising efforts have been dedicated to a successful effort to modernize the Institute’s facilities for molecular genetics. Meanwhile, facilities for cell biology and immunology remain outdated. IMB needs equipment to establish a core facility for cellular biology and immunology that will be used for training and research.
Did you know?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute for Molecular Biology developed rapid antigen tests to stop the spread of the virus in rural Armenia.
He and his lab were tasked with delivering reliable COVID-19 diagnostic tests to fulfill the increased demand for testing, while considering the existing peculiarities of national infrastructure.