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Anna Hakobyan

Anna Hakobyan

P.h.D. student

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Anna Hakobyan is a Bioinformatics Ph.D. student at Max Perutz Labs in the group of Jörg Menche, working in the field of cancer genomics. Her journey into Bioinformatics started in 2008 when she started studying Bioinformatics at Yerevan State University, continued with her Master’s studies at Copenhagen University. Upon completion, she returned to Armenia and joined the Bioinformatics Group at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Armenia. In the meantime, she joined Synopsis Armenia as a research and development engineer, which gave her valuable experience in scripting and programming, the experience of working in a company, but also helped her realize that her true interests lie in scientific research. Hence, she quit her job and joined the Institute of Molecular Biology once again, followed by a Ph.D. position at the Research Center of Molecular Medicine(CeMM) in Austria.

Overall, Anna’s interests revolve around understanding how life works, including how molecular systems, cells, organisms, minds, and larger systems like societies work.

Anna Hakobyan currently supervises ABI Student Nelly Vardazaryan on a project analyzing oncogenic pathway alterations across large-scale cancer studies. Together, they presented a Journal Club (JC) in 2021 showcasing one of the research highlights in the field of cancer genomics.

Research Interests

  • Systems Biology
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Network Medicine


A. Arakelyan , L. Nersisyan, D. Poghosyan, L. Khondkaryan, A. Hakobyan, H. Löffler-Wirth, E. Melanitou, H. Binder. Autoimmunity and autoinflammation: A systems view on signaling pathway dysregulation profiles. PLoS One 2017. 12(11):e0187572. doi:

A. Hakobyan, L. Nersisyan, A. Arakelyan. Quantitative trait association study for mean telomere length in the South Asian Genomes. Bioinformatics 2016, 32(11):1697-700.  PubMed doi:

Y. Oka, H. Varmark, K. Vitting‐Seerup, P. Beli, J. Waage, A. Hakobyan, et al. UBL5 is essential for pre-mRNA splicing and sister chromatid cohesion in human cells. EMBO reports 2014, 15(9):956-64.  PubMed doi: