We appeal to various national and international foundations and organizations and our colleagues both in Armenia and the Diaspora to support us for the successful implementation of the Network activities.

UNESCO Chair in Life Sciences at Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center (LSIPEC) is organizing the Inaugural Workshop of “UNESCO/UNITWIN Interregional Network on PhD Education and Research in Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health”, which has been officially approved by UNESCO.

UNESCO Chair in Life Sciences will present the results of the research carried out in the Center in International Conferences

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UNESCO/UNITWIN Interregional Network on PhD Education and Research in Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health



At present, developing countries face common biotechnological and environmental health problems that can only be solved through joining efforts aimed at improving research and education in biophysics, which would mean a significant step towards sustainable development of the countries. Thus, the purpose of the NETWORK is to create PhD education and research capacity building in Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health on the basis of inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. It would make possible to integrate national potential with the international one and prepare science leaders in the mentioned research fields according to social, economic demands of home countries of participant institutions. As the NETWORK involves institutions from the countries located in geographical regions with ethnic conflicts and gender problems, the network will be a step towards solving these problems and will serve as a powerful tool for building peace.



Partner Universities

Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology (Ukraine),

Cairo University (Egypt), 

Istanbul Medeniyet University (Turkey), 

Graduate School of Biological Sciences at Southampton University (UK), 

Institute for Health and the Environment  University at Albany (USA), 

UNESCO Chair on Interdisciplinary Research in Diabetes at University of Tehran (Iran), 

Ivane Beritashvili Center of Experimental Biomedicine (Georgia)

BLDE (Deemed to be University), (India)

Stony Brook University (USA), 

Jamia Hamdard University (India)


PhD Educational Program 


      The educational program for preparing PhD students in biophysics, biotechnology and environmental health will be compiled on the basis of analyses and generalization of the corresponding programs of the leading institutions of developed countries and considering the needs and regulations of home countries.

     The duration of PhD courses will be 3 years (12 semesters, in each 10 weeks). It is expected that during the reporting period 3 cycles of PhD courses will be performed. Courses will be conducted in compliance with PhD international program providing the students 66 credits. The courses will be given by the international team of distinguished scientists. PhD students will have the opportunity to conduct a part of their dissertation in foreign laboratories. PhD dissertation will be supervised by four leading scientists. The graduates will receive an appropriate diploma of the state standard according to regulations of home country. The students will be involved in research projects that will be implemented within the framework of the Network. 

      PhD courses leading to the doctoral degree (66 credits) will consist of the following components:

  • Core courses  (total  -15  credits):  10  credits  will  be  obtained  from  the  courses  provided  by participant institutions, 5 credits obtained from the courses provided by outside institutions
  • Supporting courses as approved by PhD Advisory Board (12 credits minimum) - 7 credits will be obtained from the courses provided participant institutions, 5 credits will be obtained from the courses provided by outside institution
  • Dissertation research (35 credits) 30 credits provided by participant institutions of the network, 5 credits will be obtained from outside institutions during their visit to leading institutions.
  • Seminar (4 credits)
  • Satisfactory seminar and defence of an approved doctoral dissertation based on laboratory and/or theoretical research.

     The NETWORK provides PhD program, which is  partially borrowed  from  PhD  educational  program  of Institute for Health and the Environment of University at Albany (USA) and Graduate School of Biological Sciences at Southampton University (UK). The courses are conducted in English. Theoretical courses (core and supporting) will be realized through Distatnt education system and will be conducted by a team of leading lecturers from international universities. More can be found here





Duration of Ph.D. course is 3 years.
During Ph.D. courses the students will get 66 credits.

Courses are conducted in English. The courses will be conducted by the international team of distinguished scientists. English and modern computer courses are included in the educational program. 
After accepting the documents from the potential students the entrance examinations will be organized to choose the students on the competition basis. The applicants will be examined according to their major and regulations of their home institution and will have to take an English language test. Those applicants who have publications in international journals will have priority in being accepted to the program. The graduates will  receive  an  appropriate  diploma  of  the  state  standard  according  to regulations  of  home countries.

The applicants should pass an exam according to the speciality and test in English.
The applicants should present:   

application form (the application can also be filled in here)

The following documents shoud be sent to e-mail address:

  • a copy of applicant's graduate diploma,
  • 4 photos,
  • 2 letters of recommendation from advanced scientists of the appropriate area.


The details on the course can be found here

For additional information please contact:
Avan - Acharian 31, Yerevan 0040,Armenia
Phone/Fax: (374 10) 62 41 70



International Postgraduate Educational and Research Capacity Building Program in Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health has been discussed in the following international meetings:


1. Workshop on Education and Capacity Building: Asia-African needs Roorkee, India, February 2003  (IUPAB News 48, August 2003, p.21). 

2. International Congress Biotechnology, The Bentham Science Newsletter, Volume4, Dubai, UAE, February 12-15, 2012. 

3. Межд. Конф. Глобальные проблемы современной цивилизации, Симпозиум “Высшее образование”, Симферополь 23-25 апрель 2013

4. Oxford Summit of Leaders 'Science and Education', December 16–19 2013,




Interview with Prof. Sinerik N. Ayrapetyan on World University Network

The Bentham Science online newsletter 


1.We would like to know about your journey towards your profession.

Prof. Sinerik: When I studied in the Yerevan State University, Biological Department I found a book on microelectrode recording of electrical activity of single cells in the library by a famous neurophysiologist from Ukrainian academy of sciences Platon Kostyuk which interested me greatly. He was the director of the Bogomolets Institute of Physiology. I wrote him a letter and he invited me to continue my education in his lab. Since that time I study the correlation of metabolic activity and electrical potential in neurons. My master, PhD and Doctoral thesis were on this subject. I published a series of works on electrogenic sodium pump dependent component of membrane potential in 1969. These works became pioneering in this field. After that until now I study the metabolic components of cell membrane in norm and pathology. Second essential discovery was the existence of reserval protein molecules in cell membrane having enzymatic and channel forming properties, which become active depending on cell hydration. On this subject I had a review lecture in 1980 in 10th International Physiological Congress, Budapest…

2. What are your main focused projects now and in the future?

Prof. Sinerik: Past 20 years I have been concerned in the realization of biological effects of extremely weak chemical and physical signal transduction in cell and the role of the electrogenic sodium pump isoforms in the realization of these signals’ effect in norm and pathology. We had a wide international collaboration on this topic (USA, UK, Germany, Jpan etc.). At present we have found that high affinity ouabain receptors (α3 and α2) are a universal extrasensitive sensor for various environmental factors the dysfunction of which is a starting point of medical disorders, including cancer, nerve and cardiovascular disorders.

3.How do you feel about the importance of Global peace?

Prof. Sinerik: I think that science and scientists have a great deal of responsibility in Global peace. Ever increasing use of technology producing ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, as well as artificial chemical and microbiological pollution of the environment brings the humanity to the threshold of ecological catastrophe. On the basis of the data that I just mentioned our center (UNESCO Chair – Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center) creates a postgraduate educational and research program Capacity Building in Environmental Science. This is extremely important for such region as South Caucasus and Minor Asian and FSU countries, having a number of economic, environmental controlling, public health, gender and other problems and existence of ethnic conflicts in the region.

It is suggested that the preparation of science leaders, as a result of organization of post-graduate educational courses in modern Life Sciences, could help to solve above mentioned problems. It is directed to promote the development of international friendship between different countries in the region. Thus, the organization of regional educational courses could serve not only practical but also politically significant role as a "peace generating" factor in the region.

4.What is your suggestion about scientific collaboration with the developing world?

Prof. Sinerik: Actually collaboration is rather important for a success in any sphere. Developing countries are a source of intellectual potential, and brain-drain is a problem in a large number of these countries. On the other hand the limitation of adequately educated specialists which meet modern demands on the basis of only national potential becomes impossible without additional support and needs integration of international research and educational potential. This issue is also an objective of our center, i.e. to promote Life Sciences in Armenia and regional countries by integration of the national research and technical potential with the international one.

5.What do you believe is the main reason of your success? 

Prof. Sinerik: The reason of my success I believe is that a) I had a chance to start my work and had a large international experience with outstanding scientists: Platon Kostyuk, Peter Baker, Gerard Kerkut and Robert Walker, Peter Usherwood, David Carpenter, K. Koketsu, T. Takenaka, etc; b) I had a background not only in biology, but also in physics; c) I love my profession; d) I always had enthusiastic collaborators.

6.What is your vision about field of expertise and what different types of careers are available to the new comers.

Prof. Sinerik: The research area I am involved in is of great importance from the viewpoint of Environmental Pollution and Public Health. This problem becomes very complicated in developing countries where technology actively develops, but adequate environmental control infrastructure is not formed yet, although the changes of the level and character of environmental pollution needs new standards from the viewpoint of health safety. I can only advise young scientist to have a strong background not only in biology, but in physics, chemistry and mathematics, so that they could have a success in modern Life Sciences, whatever narrow specialization they choose.