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Elena K. Khlestkina

AFFILIATION

Director of the N.I. Vavilov All-Russian Research Institute of Plant Genetic Resources – VIR (St.Petersburg, Russia)

EDUCATION

1998 – Novosibirsk State University, Biologist

ACADEMIC DEGREES

2002   Candidate of biological sciences
2011   Doctor of biological sciences
2016   Professor

AWARDS AND DIPLOMA

2012 – Winner of the competition among the young doctors of science for the grant of the President of the Russian Federation
2012 – 1st prize winner among young scientists (by the Government of the Novosibirsk region)
2010 – L’OREAL–UNESCO fellow (for young women in science)
2010 – Lavrentiev competition  winner (by SB RAS)
2008 – The Science support foundation fellow (for young scientists)
2007 – Winner of the competition among the young candidates of science for the grant of the President of the Russian Federation
2007 – Prize and Medal «The phenomenon of life» after V.I. Korogodin in Genetics
2007 – Diploma of the Department of Biological Sciences, RAS
2006 – Lavrentiev competition  winner (by SB RAS)
2005 – Diploma of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
2005 – INTAS fellow

MEMBERSHIP IN SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES AND EXPERT COMMITTEES

А member of the Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation

A member of the Presidential Council for Science and Education
A member of the Presidium of the Russian Society of Genetisicts and Breeders
A member of the Federal roster of experts in scientific and technical sphere of the Russian Federation.
EUCARPIA (European Association for Research on Plant Breeding) member.

MEMBERSHIP IN EDITORIAL BOARDS AND ASSOCIATIONS

Editor-in-Chief of the PROCEEDINGS ON APPLIED BOTANY, GENETICS AND BREEDING
Editor-in-Chief of the PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BREEDING journal
A member of the Editorial Council of the VAVILOV JOURNAL OF GENETICS AND BREEDING
A member of the Editorial Council of the Vavilovia journal
A member of the Editorial Board of CEREAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS
A member of the Editorial Board of the HEREDITAS journal
A member of the Association of Science Editors and Publishers (ASEP)
A member of the Editorial board of the TURKISH JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

IDENTIFIERS

Scopus Author ID: 6603368411

orcid.org/0000-0002-8470-8254

ResearcherID: T-2734-2017

KEY WORDS

cereals, gene function, genetic diversity, genetics, genome editing, genomics, legumes, molecular-genetic bases of plant breeding, molecular genetics, nutritional phenotyping and chemotyping, personalized selection, plant antioxidants, plant genes, potato, transcriptomics, wild relatives

 

MAIN RESEARCH RESULTS (last 5 years)

Elena Khlestkina is a Russian leading scientist in plant molecular genetics. Her research projects are aimed on exploitation of plant genetic resources for new breeding trends related to biofortification of various crops and the production of safe and high-quality products for functional and dietary nutrition. Over the past five years, more than 50 genes and QTL associated with the growth and development of wheat, barley and potato plants, resistance to various types of biotic and abiotic stress, and dietary value have been identified and mapped. The efficiency of creating new cereal crop genotypes using marker-assisted selection has been shown for breeding varieties with dietary properties. An optimized protocol has been developed to achieve the high efficiency of CRISPR / Cas-directed barley mutagenesis. For the first time, the possibility of modifying the genome of a non-model barley variety has been shown. The results obtained provide a base for the future accelerated crop breeding with the stress on intravital formation of properties of the end-use products.

Viktor G. Eremin

Director of the Krymsk Experiment and Breeding Station (a branch of VIR), Dr. Biol. Sci., Professor of

RAS.

In 1993 he graduated from the Faculty of Horticulture and Viticulture of the Kuban State Agrarian

University. In 1996 he defended a Ph.D. thesis, and in 2011 his Senior Doctoral thesis entitled “Selection

and creation of peach varieties and rootstocks for intensive cultivation technologies.”

He progressed from Junior Researcher, then Senior Researcher at the Genetic Resources and Fruit Crop

Breeding Department, to the Station Director. In 2006–2007, he combined duties of Director of the

experimental farm of the Station with responsibilities of the Senior Researcher. He became the head of

the Station in 2008

Dr. Eremin guides the scientific and production work of the Krymsk Experiment and Breeding Station; he

is responsible for the implementation of the State Assignment and the production program, he is also in

charge of the rational use of lands assigned to the branch in accordance with their intended purpose,

and of the implementation of measures for their protection. His responsibilities also include observation

of environmental norms and prevention of negative impacts to lands and soils.

He is the Chairman of the Production Activities Development Commission at the Directorate of VIR and

personally supervises the development of such activities at the Kuban, Astrakhan and Volgograd

Experiment Stations (branches of VIR.)

Dr. Eremin is the author and co-author of about 100 scientific publications, including five monographs,

three methodological guidelines and six catalogs. With his participation, four domestic dwarf clonal

rootstock varieties for peach, four www promising varieties of peach and nectarine, and three apple

varieties have been created and patented.

Author ID: 98386

Married, two sons.

+7 (86131) 5-1588

eremin_vikt@bk.ru

Aleksei A. Zavarzin

Vice Director for Scientific and Organizational Work, Ph.D.

In 1994 he graduated from the Department of Botany of St. Petersburg State University (SPbSU); in 1998

he defended a Ph.D. thesis at the V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute.

His research interests include lichen biology and systematics, pedogenesis, symbiotic interactions,

biodiversity conservation, environmental management and management of Protected Areas,

educational technologies.

Prior to joining VIR, he worked at the St. Petersburg State University and in the “Talent and Success”

Foundation (“Sirius” Educational Center).

Dr. Zavarzin is in charge of the strategic development of international activities of VIR and is responsible

for realization of international and all-Russian scientific events.

He interacts with the Department of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, which supervises

international activities, with the Department of Global Problems and International Relations of the

Russian Academy of Sciences, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, as well as

with other authorities engaged in international cooperation, with universities and various educational

institutions.

At VIR, he curates the work of the Projects Supervision Department, the Postgraduate Training

Department, the Library and Publishing Department, the Telecommunications and Information Support

Division, as well as public and mass media interaction issues.

He is the author of 80 publications, including two textbooks and five collective monographs. In 2017, he

was elected Vice Chair of the Commission for Education and Communication of the International Union

for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Scopus Author ID: 36798149300, Author ID: 137140

Married, son and daughter.

+7 (812) 314-4848

a.zavarzin@vir.nw.ru

Yulia V. Ukhatova

Acting Scientific Secretary, Ph.D. in biology.

In 2003 she graduated with honors from the Faculty of Natural Science, Geography and Tourism of the

A.S. Pushkin Leningrad State Regional University. (LSU) majoring in Biology and Chemistry and enrolled

in full-time graduate program at VIR. In 2017, she defended a Ph.D. thesis in the area of Agricultural

Plant Breeding and Seed Production entitled “Improvement of cryopreservation methods and

elimination of virus diseases in vegetatively propagated crops”.

Her scientific interests include plant biotechnology, e.g., in vitro culture of vegetatively propagated

crops, apexes cryopreservation and improvement of microplants by various methods.

Since 2002, she has worked in the Laboratory (later Department) of Biotechnology of VIR. In 2017, she

became the Head of the Vegetatively Propagated Crops Sanitation Laboratory set up at VIR.

Dr. Ukhatova maintains interaction with scientific departments of VIR, she is responsible for the

document management for the Scientific Council, performs functions of the secretary of the Scientific

Council of VIR, as well as interacts with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of

Agriculture, RAS and “Nauka” Association of State Scientific Centers concerning scientific and

organizational issues.

Scopus Author ID: 57193602784, Author ID: 784747

Married, two sons.

+7 (812) 571-9093

sci_secretary@vir.nw.ru

Elena N. Kantemirova

Acting Director, Volgograd Experiment Station (a branch of VIR).

In 2002, Elena graduated from the Faculty of Natural Geography of the Volgograd State Pedagogical

University with a degree in biology. In 2007, she completed her doctoral studies in botany.

Her research interests encompass plant geography and floristics, plant taxonomy, plant ecology, plant

protection, plant resources, ornamental plant growing, fruit growing and nursery farming.

In 2003-2007, Elena worked as an assistant at the Department of Botany and Methodology of Biology

Teaching at the Volgograd State Pedagogical University. In 2007-2011, she occupied a Laboratory

Head position at the Botanical Garden of the Volgograd State Pedagogical University. In 2011-2017,

she was engaged in the ornamental and berry planting material production business, and in 2017 she

worked as a researcher in the Scientific Department of the Volgograd Regional Botanical Garden.

In November 2017, she won the competition for the position of Director of the Volgograd Experiment

Station (a branch of VIR).

Elena supervises the scientific and production work of the branch; she is in charge of the rational use

of lands assigned to the branch in accordance with their intended purpose, for the implementation of

measures for their protection, for observing the requirements of environmental norms and preventing

negative impacts to lands and soils.

She is the author of publications in the “Volga Region Ecological Bulletin” and “Proceedings of the

Volgograd State Pedagogical University”.

Married, one son.

+7 (84479) 6-1638

gnuvosvniir@yandex.ru

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