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Andrei Kozlov | Evolutionary Biology | Best Researcher Award

Prof Andrei Kozlov, Vavilov Institute of General Genetics RAS, Russia

Prof. Andrei Kozlov is the Chief of the Lab of Gene Neofunctionalization at the Vavilov Institute of General Genetics RAS and the Director of The Biomedical Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. He also heads the Kozlov Laboratory of Theoretical Biology at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. Born on May 22, 1950, in St. Petersburg, he earned his M.Sci. in Biochemistry from Leningrad State University and his Ph.D. from the Petrov Research Institute of Oncology. With extensive research in molecular virology and oncology, he has significantly contributed to HIV and cancer research. Prof. Kozlov is married with three children. πŸ“šπŸ”¬πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦

Publication profile



In 1972, I earned my M.Sci. in Biochemistry from the Chair of Biochemistry at Leningrad State University, Leningrad, Russia. 🧬 From 1972 to 1975, I pursued my Ph.D. at the Petrov Research Institute of Oncology in St. Petersburg, Russia, focusing on the biochemistry of nucleic acids in both normal and malignant tissues. My Ph.D. thesis was titled β€œA comparative study of low molecular weight nuclear RNAs in normal and tumor tissues.” πŸ“š Between 1978 and 1979, I underwent postdoctoral research training in the Lab of Tumor Cell Biology under Dr. R. C. Gallo at the NCI, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA, specializing in molecular oncovirology. πŸ”¬


In 1981, I began my career as a Molecular Biology Lecturer at the prestigious Boarding School β„–45 for especially talented children, attached to St. Petersburg State University. From 1983 to 1987, I lectured on the Biochemistry of nucleic acids at the university’s Department of Biochemistry. I founded and served as Deputy Director of the MPH Program at St. Petersburg State University from 2005 to 2012, where I also lectured on HIV/AIDS Epidemiology & Prevention. Since 2012, I’ve been the Founder and Chief of the St. Petersburg Seminar on Molecular and Evolutionary Biology. Between 2018 and 2019, I was a Professor in the Department of Medical Physics at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, and since 2019, I have served as a High School Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Systems and Biotechnology. πŸŒŸπŸ“š


From 1992 to 2010, a Fellowship at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was the foundation for many notable achievements. During this time, the annual international conference β€œAIDS, Cancer and Public Health” was established, and 19 conferences were chaired. Notable positions included advisory roles to the Russian parliament on HIV legislation (1994-1995), coordination of the Russian HIV Vaccine Project (1998-2002), and serving on various advisory boards. Numerous awards were received, such as the Russian National Chumakov Award (1999) and the Vernadsky Award (2005). The Vavilov Prize (2020) recognized contributions to cancer and HIV research. πŸ§¬πŸ…πŸŒ

Research focus

It seems you’re interested in the research focus of A.P. Kozlov. Based on the list of publications provided, Kozlov’s research primarily revolves around the evolutionary and developmental biology (evo-devo) of gene expression, the role of tumors in evolution, and the relationship between normal and tumor-like organs. Kozlov’s work integrates aspects of molecular evolution, gene expression patterns in cancer, and the emergence of novel cell types during evolution. Notably, Kozlov explores the theory of “carcino-evo-devo,” which posits a significant evolutionary role for hereditary tumors. This interdisciplinary approach spans genomics, oncology, and evolutionary biology, shedding light on the complexity of developmental processes and cancer evolution. πŸ§¬πŸ”¬πŸ¦ πŸ“Š

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Diagrams Describing the Evolution of Gene Expression, the Emergence of Novel Cell Types During Evolution, and Evo-devo

Carcino-Evo-Devo, A Theory of the Evolutionary Role of Hereditary Tumors

The Theory of Carcino-Evo-Devo and Its Non-Trivial Predictions

Mammalian tumor-like organs. 2. Mammalian adipose has many tumor features and obesity is a tumor-like process

Mammalian tumor-like organs. 1. The role of tumor-like normal organs and atypical tumor organs in the evolution of development

Biological Computation and Compatibility Search in the Possibility Space as the Mechanism of Complexity Increase During Progressive Evolution

Erratum: Evolutionarily novel genes are expressed in transgenic fish tumors and their orthologs are involved in development of progressive traits in humans (Infectious Agents and Cancer (2019) 14 (46) DOI: 10.1186/s13027-019-0262-5)

Evolutionarily novel genes are expressed in transgenic fish tumors and their orthologs are involved in development of progressive traits in humans

Oncogenes, tumor suppressor and differentiation genes represent the oldest human gene classes and evolve concurrently

The increase of the magnitude of spontaneous viral blips in some participants of phase II clinical trial of therapeutic optimized HIV DNA vaccine candidate




Andrei Kozlov | Evolutionary Biology | Best Researcher Award

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