Bioinformatics Laboratory


In Azerbaijan the development history of bioinformatics begins from the end of seventieth years of the last century, which was initiated and supported by Prof. Jalal Aliyev. Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine and Estonia were the countries among 15 republics, where bioinformatics was developing. From this point of view, the important fact is that minority of Azerbaijani scientists, prepared in the Institute of Cytology and Genetics of Siberian Department of the USSR Academy of Sciences and in the Novosibirsk State University are continuing their successful activity in Azerbaijan and overseas (USA, Japan, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Oman). At the present time, researches in this field are being carried out in the first and single Bioinformatics Laboratory, organized in the Institute of Botany of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences in 2000. Nowadays, Bioinformatics laboratory performs studies in collaboration with Department of Computer Science at Royal Holloway, University of London (UK) and Department of Biosciences at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (Pakistan).
(1) Studying organization and expression genes in plastid genomes of higher plants.

(2) Creating a large plant-specific collection of RNA polymerase II (Pol II) promoters, studying their statistically significant characteristics and developing a novel computer tools for plant promoter prediction;

(3) Exploring peculiarities of the co-expression of plant genes at transcription level and developing computer tool for the identification of gene groups with similar expression patterns;

(4) Analyzing organization and expression characteristics of genes in higher plant genomes (Arabidopsis, rice, Populus, grapevine, etc.);

(5) Exploring intra- and inter-species structural, functional and evolutionary peculiarities of a transfer of organellar DNA to nucleus.
Ilham Shahmuradov, Phd & DSci, Head of Laboratory

Yagut Akbarova, Researcher

Nurmamed Mustafayev, Researcher

Amina Abdulazimova, Researcher