RAU Wins Lab Equipment from Seeding Labs
Russian-Armenian University is among the 13 exceptional awardees worldwide to receive lab equipment through the Seeding Labs Instrumental Access program in 2019.
The Laboratory of Biomedical Genomics was established by Roksana Zakharyan, Ph.D., Head of RAU Department of Department of Bioengineering, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology, who also applied for the Instrumental Access grant.
The idea behind establishing The Laboratory of Biomedical Genomics at RAU Institute of Biomedicine and Pharmacy is to advance research on genetic markers that can predict drug effectiveness and adverse effects.
Personalized medicine has already transformed the standard of medical care for certain cancers and neurological diseases. "Pharmacogenetic approaches are still lacking in Armenia," says Roksana Zakharyan, referring to approaches focused on how inherited genetic differences impact the way a patient’s body processes drugs, an important aspect of personalized medicine. "The treatment methods applied nowadays are not sufficient because the causes of these diseases are not well described".
Lab researchers aim to understand the molecular mechanisms of diseases and document important genetic variants in Armenian patients. Efforts so far have focused on schizophrenia, cancer and familial Mediterranean fever. They plan to develop preventive, diagnostic, and efficient treatment approaches that improve the quality of patients’ lives.
Equipment worth 200.000 USD will help to strengthen RAU Laboratory of Biomedical Genomics, supporting the lab's work and helping the staff to train the next generation of Armenian genetics researchers.
12 other winning institutions are located in Brazil, Congo, Ecuador, Kenya, Ukraine, etc.
A non-profit organization located in Boston, US, Seeding Labs empowers scientists in developing countries, by allocating them the resources they need to pursue life-changing research and teach the next generation. Through a careful selection process, Seeding Labs picks universities with the most potential to advance education and research through their programs.
Watch the video message from 2019 awardees below: