A prominent scientist in the field of bioinformatics Ilham Shakhmuradov is 60th

On 1 January, head of the Laboratory of Bioinformatics of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, corresponding member of ANAS Ilham Eyyub oglu Shakhmuradov  is 60th birthday.

Ilham Shakhmuradov was born in 1958 in the Gubadli region. In 1974 he entered the Faculty of Applied Mathematics of the Azerbaijan State University.

Scientific activity began in 1979 in the Scientific Center for Biological Research of the Academy of Sciences of the Azerbaijan SSR.

In 1987, the scientist defended the PhD degree at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics of the Siberian Branch, and a doctoral dissertation at the Institute of Botany of ANAS in 2005. In 2014 he was elected a corresponding member of ANAS in the specialty "Bioinformatics".

Since 2002, he is the head of the Laboratory of Bioinformatics, founded on the initiative and with the support of Academician Jalal Aliyev.

I.Shahmuradov, along with scientific work, also engaged in teaching activities. So, he taught general and specialized courses in molecular biology, genetics and bioinformatics at the Baku State University, Azerbaijan Medical University and Khazar University. In 2012-2014 he was a professor at the Azerbaijan Medical University.

Since 1980 and until now I. Shahmuradov conducted his scientific research in two directions: the search for DNA transcription, including the creation of various means of bioinformatic analysis for the organization and investigation of gene expression in the genome; determination of the features of the structure, functions and evolution of the genomes of eukaryotic organisms and bacteria by means of bioinformatic analysis.

Comprehensive comparative computer analysis revealed a number of structural and evolutionary features of the recurring sequences of humans, animals and plants, based on these facts, it was suggested that these repeats, which form an essential part of the eukaryotic genomes, can participate in the regulation of transcription of neighboring genes and genomic regions ; Later this assumption was confirmed by multiple experimental facts.

Scientists have developed a number of high-precision computer analysis tools that can search for transcription start sites and elements for its regulation, primary mRNA polyadenylation sites (PromH, PromHP, TSSP-TCM, nsite, nsiteM, nsiteH and POLYAR), PlantProm database on RNA promoters polymerase II of plants.

At present, the scientist is a participant in the scientific program "Creation of a sustainable system for the identification, conservation and rational use of plant genetic resources".

We congratulate the prominent scientist on his 55th birthday and wish him success in his further scientific work!