Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   17 July

Prominent bacteriologist, academician Evrik Afrikyan dies aged 91

YEREVAN, JULY 19, ARMENPRESS. Prominent bacteriologist, Doctor of Biological Sciences (1970), Professor (1972), Academician at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia (1982) and Honored Science Worker Evrik Afrikyan passed away aged 91.

Born on May 14, 1925 in Yerevan, Afrikyan graduated from the Medical University of Yerevan in 1947.

Long-term scientific work abroad (one year and more). France: Pasteur Institute, Paris. Japan (over 3 years): Protein Research Institute and other Centers. USA, Canada (over 2 years).

Present positions. Director Emeritus, Institute of Microbiology; Head, Microbial Depository Center, Scientific Lead spc "Armbiotechnology", NAS of Armenia. Chairman, Specialized Council for award of scientific degrees in microbiology and biotechnology. President of the Microbiological Association of Armenia (Full Member of the FEMS).

Former positions: Director, Institute of Microbiology, NAS of Armenia (1964-2000).

Vice-President, member of the Executive Board and honored member of the All-Union Society of microbiology, USSR. Member of the Board of scientific councils and committees on general and applied microbiology, USSR, Moscow.

Member of the Executive Board, World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC).

Member of Bacillus Subcommittee, International Society for Systematic Bacteriology, USA.

Member of the Council of Scientists, INTAS, Brussels, Belgium (1993-98). Since 1995 the funding for scientific and technological Projects of FSU was over 100 mln USD annually.

Scientific publications: 6 monographs and over 350 scientific papers, patents.

Main fields of study and present interests. General and Applied Microbiology, Biotechnology. Aerobic spore-forming bacteria and their extremophilic forms. Microbial antagonism and antibiotics. Entomopathogenous bacteria and microbial pest control. Space microbiology: microbial deterioration and degradation of synthetic polymers for special use. Bacterial enzymes and microbiological transformation for production of biologically active substances. Microbiological production of biofuels and biologically active compounds.

Actively engaged in creation of biotechnological industrial plants in FSU and Armenia.

Evrik Afrikyan’s colleagues express condolences over his demise. 

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