Group Members

Ben Busby

  • PhD Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2009)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Phone: (301) 594-2698
  • Email:
  • Research interests:

    Domain structure in proteins; mechanisms of horizontal gene transfer; network robustness and integrity; complex signals in untranslated regions of RNA, and other places in sequence space.

Diana Chernikova

  • B.A. Operations Research & Management Science (2009)
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Phone: (301) 594-6478
  • Email:

Michael Galperin

Sivakumar Kannan

Georgy Karev

Eugene V. Koonin

David M. Kristensen

  • PhD Structural and Computational Biology (2007)
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
  • Phone: (301) 496-5599
  • Email:
  • Research interests:

    Protein evolution, especially of conserved orthologs in viruses (POGs database). Bioinformatics algorithms, comparative genomics, and large-scale studies of biological systems. Find David's publications in Entrez.

Alexander Lobkovsky Meitiv

Kira S. Makarova

David Managadze

  • PhD Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat., 2007)
  • University of Bochum, Germany
  • Phone: (301) 594-3323
  • Email:
  • Research interests:

    Computational large-scale analysis of biological databases and genomes; data mining; study of trans-splicing, recombination, chimeric proteins and their roles in tumor biology; long non-coding RNA, their evolution and functions. Find David's publications in Entrez.

Sergei Mekhedov

Anastasia Nikolskaya

Pere Puigbo

Igor Rogozin

  • PhD Biology (1990)
  • Novosibirsk Institute of Organic Chemistry, USSR Academy of Sciences
  • Phone: (301) 594-4271
  • Email:
  • Research interests:

    Comparative studies of completely sequenced genomes; computational analysis of functional regions and signals in biological sequences; evolutionary analysis of sequences; theoretical analysis of mutagenesis. Find Igor's publications in Entrez.

Svetlana Shabalina

Sergey Smirnov

Alexander Sorokin

Nobuto Takeuchi

Yuri I. Wolf

Natalya Yutin

  • PhD Molecular Biology (2006)
  • Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel TIA
  • Phone: (301) 402-8434
  • Email:
  • Research interests:

    Archaeal ancestor(s) of the eukaryotic genome; the origin of eukaryotes; evolution of eukaryotic large nucleo-cytoplasmic DNA viruses. Find Natalya's publications in Entrez.