Ukhatova Yulia Vasilyevna
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
Scopus Author ID: 57193602784, Author ID: 784747
Married, two sons.
+7 (812) 571-9093
Eremin Victor Gennadievich
Director of the Krymsk Experiment and Breeding Station (a branch of VIR), Dr. Biol. Sci., Professor of
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
Kantemirova Elena Nikolayevna
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
Dr. Aleksey 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,
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
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