Institute of Protein Research RAS

The Institute of Protein Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IPR RAS) is a leading scientific institution focused on molecular and cell biology research. It was established on June 9, 1967, in accordance with the Decree of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences, primarily aimed at advancing scientific research in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, and protein engineering. The Institute is located in Pushchino, Moscow Region, Russia.

IPR RAS has made substantial contributions to the understanding of protein structure and function, which are crucial for both fundamental science and applications in medicine and biotechnology. The research at the Institute encompasses a variety of topics, including the study of the molecular mechanisms of protein synthesis and their regulation, interaction of proteins with RNA and various ligands and the structures of proteins and RNA-protein complexes.

The founder of the Institute and the first Director (1967-2001) was Prof. Alexander Spirin, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In 2002-2015, Prof. Lev Ovchinnikov, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, was the Director of the Institute.

Since 2015 the Director of the Institute is  Dr.Sc. Vyacheslav A. Kolb

Board of Directors

Deputy Directors on Research

Alexey D. Nikulin, Ph.D., Dr.Sc.

Alexander A. Minin, Ph.D.

Deputy Director (Administration)

Michael N. Brinskih, Ph.D.

Scientific Secretary

Ekaterina Yu. Nikonova, Ph.D.


Department of theoretical and experimental research of protein self-organization:

Department of cell biology

Scientific groups:

  • Group of Protein Biosynthesis Regulation
  • Group of Supramolecular Protein Structures
  • Group of Protein Thermodynamics
  • Group for Structural Studies of Ribosomal Proteins
  • Protein Structure Modeling Group
  • Group for Structural Studies of Macromolecular Complexes