Eugene Koonin

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Eugene V. Koonin (PhD) is an expert in the field of biotechnology.

Credentials: Senior Investigator, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA MS (1978) and PhD (1983) in Molecular Biology from Department of Biology, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. Research in Computational Biology in Institute of Poliomyelitis and Institute of Microbiology, Moscow (Russia) in 1985-1991. Research in Computational Biology and Genomics at NCBI since 1991. Editor of Genome Analysis section in Trends in Genetics.

Principal research goals:

  • Comparative analysis of sequenced genomes and automatic methods for genome-scale annotation of gene functions.
  • Application of comparative genomics for phylogenetic analysis, reconstruction of ancestral life forms and building large-scale evolutionary scenarios.
  • Mathematical modeling of genome evolution.
  • Computational study of the major transitions in the evolution of life, such as the origin of eukaryotes.
  • Evolution of eukaryotic signaling and developmental pathways from the comparative-genomic perspective.
  • Testing fundamental predictions of the theory of evolution using genome-wide sequence comparison.

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