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Advanced Molecular Biology

Course Description

The Advanced Molecular Biology course covers the core concepts of molecular and cellular biology, genomes and genetic mechanisms, and much more. The language of instruction and the educational materials are in English. It is essential for the students to know English. 


DrAlexey Kurnosov

Dr. Aleksey Kurnosov is a Molecular Biologist who has a particular interest in education. He has obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry (Moscow) and a graduate degree in Biochemistry from Moscow State University. Aleksey Kurnosov has taught at several educational institutions, including HSE University and Letovo School. He is currently teaching at Russian-Armenian University and Armenian Bioinformatics Institute.


Participants should read the material beforehand and will actively discuss it under the lead of the trainer.

Who is the Course For?

This course is for ambitious students and researchers who wish to gain knowledge in Molecular Biology.

Syllabus and Duration

The course will be based on the following chapters of the “Molecular Biology of the Cell” Sixth Edition (by Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, David Morgan, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter) textbook.

Duration: 6 months, may be prolonged if topics get added

  • Chapter 1: Cells and Genomes
    – Chemical components of a cell. The role of proteins. Enzymes
    – Structure and function of nucleic acids
    – Chromatin and chromosomes
    – Genomes and their evolution
    – DNA replication
    – DNA proofreading and repairing
    – Transcription: the synthesis of RNA
    – RNA processing: capping, splicing and polyadenylation
    – Translation: the protein synthesis
    – Regulation of gene expression
    – Cell signaling
  • Chapter 2: Cell Chemistry and Bioenergectics
    * Selected Topics
  • Chapter 3: Proteins
    * Selected Topics
  • Chapter 4: DNA, Chromosomes and Genomes
    – The Structure and Function of DNA
    – Chromosomal DNA and its Packaging in the Chromatin Fiber
    – Chromatin Structure and Function
    – The Global Structure of Chromosomes
    – How Genomes Evolve
  • Chapter 5: DNA Replication, Repair and Recombination
    – The Maintenance of DNA Sequences
    – DNA Replication Mechanisms
    – The Initiation and Completion of DNA Replication in Chromosomes
    – DNA Repair
    – Homologous Recombinations
    – Transposition and Conservative Site-Specific Recombination
  • Chapter 6: How Cells Read the Genome: from DNA to Protein
    – From DNA to RNA
    – From RNA to Protein
    – The RNA World and the Origins of Life
  • Chapter 7: Control of Gene Expression
    * Selected Topics


Those who wish to enroll must fill out this form. The registration deadline is February 11th, 11:59 PM Yerevan time.

Venue and Details

LocationInstitute of Molecular Biology, Ezras Hasrtayan 7, Yerevan, Armenia

Start date: February 16th, 2024, 6 PM Yerevan time

Schedule: Each Friday, 6-7:30 PM

Monthly Fee

To enroll in the course, please transfer the Course Monthly fee* of 25 000 AMD via Donation and fill in the registration form. Students have a discount, the fee for them will be 15 000 AMD per month. Limited amount of fee waivers are available, more details are available in the registration form.

*The fee includes: access to educational materials and resources (books, laboratory equipment, etc.), supporting accessories, snacks, etc.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call +374 41770034