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Thriving Through Three: Armenian Bioinformatics Institute Marks Third Anniversary Milestone with Celebration of Growth and Impact

The Armenian Bioinformatics Institute (ABI) retreat weekend was a vibrant celebration, marking the third anniversary of ABI’s inception. From February 9th to the 11th, our team came together for festivities and skill-building exercises, reflecting on our journey and looking ahead. Under the guidance of facilitator Varuzhan Avanesyan, the retreat featured engaging team-building exercises and training sessions. These sessions were crafted to cultivate stronger interpersonal connections, bolster teamwork, nurture leadership abilities,… Read More »Thriving Through Three: Armenian Bioinformatics Institute Marks Third Anniversary Milestone with Celebration of Growth and Impact

Annual Report 2023

ABI is pleased to announce the release of our Annual Report for 2023. Within its pages, you’ll find a comprehensive overview of our accomplishments throughout 2023, covering key aspects such as our educational programs, research labs, team, donors, grants, and all the elements that have contributed to a highly productive year for ABI and the field of bioinformatics in Armenia.

Swedish Workshop on winemaking Challenges & Opportunities

From December 11th to 15th, members of ABI’s Vine Bioinformatics team, under the leadership of Dr. Hans Binder, actively participated in the final workshop of the ProGriCC project held in Sweden, Uppsala. The workshop was organized by the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences. A public symposium featured presentations from colleagues in Sweden, Armenia, Italy, Mexico and Georgia, addressing research in the field of winemaking under climate change. The workshop’s agenda… Read More »Swedish Workshop on winemaking Challenges & Opportunities

Research Unveils Grapevines’ Adaptive Response to Freezing Temperatures

Plants, especially grapevines, face a tough time dealing with climate change. A team of researchers at ABI, led by Tomas Konecny and Dr. Hans Binder, studied how grapevines handle the stress of different temperatures. They used bioinformatics methods involving machine learning to examine the biological processes happening inside plant cells. The team has discovered that, despite grapevines not being well adapted to freezing temperatures, they activate a molecular pathway involving… Read More »Research Unveils Grapevines’ Adaptive Response to Freezing Temperatures

Building a Robust Genome Bioinformatics Computing Infrastructure

In 2022, ABI embarked on a important mission to enhance its genome bioinformatics capabilities, recognizing the need for substantial computational resources. Spearheading a fundraising campaign, ABI garnered support from various entities, including grant funding agencies, donor organizations, and individuals via the ReArmenia platform. This collective effort resulted in the acquisition of a compute node, a crucial enabling technology for bioinformatics data analysis projects.  Notable contributors to this initiative include the… Read More »Building a Robust Genome Bioinformatics Computing Infrastructure

Advancing Colorectal Cancer Understanding: Study Explores Varied CD44 Protein Isoforms and Their Impact on Progression and Metastasis

In a recent study co-authored by Dr. Stepan Nersisyan, a former research supervisor at ABI, researchers have uncovered crucial insights into how different forms of a protein called CD44 impact the progression and spread of colorectal cancer (CRC). Colorectal cancer often spreads through the bloodstream, posing a serious threat to patients. The study focused on two versions of the CD44 protein, labeled isoforms 3 and 4, which were found to… Read More »Advancing Colorectal Cancer Understanding: Study Explores Varied CD44 Protein Isoforms and Their Impact on Progression and Metastasis

ProGriCC Winter School “Wine Industry and Global Climate ChangeChallenges” in Telavi

From October 2nd to 6th, the ABI Vine Bioinformatics team, led by Dr. Hans Binder, participated in the ProGriCC Winter School on “Wine Industry and Global Climate Change Challenges” at Telavi State University in Georgia. On the third day, Dr. Binder discussed “Vine Bioinformatics for the Caucasus,” Emma Hovhannisyan presented “Genetic Variability and Disease Resistance of Grapevine from Armenia,” Tomas Konecny talked about “Cold Acclimation in Vitis vinifera,” and Armine… Read More »ProGriCC Winter School “Wine Industry and Global Climate ChangeChallenges” in Telavi

Advancing Grapevine Research: Insights from the GRAPEDIA Annual Meeting

The GRAPEDIA Annual Meeting, a convergence of experts in computational biology focused on grapevine research, recently took place. This significant event stems from the vision of the GRAPEDIA (Grapevine Genomics Encyclopedia) Initiative, which aims to establish an open-access, centralized portal for the grapevine research community. GRAPEDIA’s primary goal is to unite and streamline various grapevine resources, offering data exploration, visualization, comparative analysis tools, and customized services. This initiative is designed… Read More »Advancing Grapevine Research: Insights from the GRAPEDIA Annual Meeting

Fostering Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing: Highlights from the FAST Mini-Workshop

On September 5th, a mini-workshop took place at FAST (Foundation of Armenian Science and Technology), emphasizing collaboration and knowledge sharing. Organized by the ABI Vine group led by Dr. Hans Binder, the event welcomed colleagues from Telavi University in Georgia through the ProGriCC grant. This workshop brought together experts to discuss research and build connections. It highlights the importance of international cooperation in academia. At the workshop, several important topics… Read More »Fostering Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing: Highlights from the FAST Mini-Workshop

The new paper “PSF toolkit: an R package for pathway curation and topology-aware Analysis” published

We are thrilled to announce our collaboration on the paper “PSF toolkit: an R package for pathway curation and topology-aware analysis” with the Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Leipzig, and RAU. The paper has been successfully published in Frontiers in Genetics. The PSF toolkit introduces an accessible solution for biologists and bioinformaticians to analyze biological pathways – the intricate networks of protein interactions within cells. This tool promises a… Read More »The new paper “PSF toolkit: an R package for pathway curation and topology-aware Analysis” published