Skoltech scholars elected to the Russian Academy of Sciences

We are honored to announce that on October 27, 2016 at the General Meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences, several Skoltech scholars were elected to the membership of the Academy.

Professor Olga Dontsova (Skoltech Center for Functional Genomics) was elected as a full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Professor Evgeny Nikolaev (Skoltech Space Center) and Dr. Alexander Gaifullin (Skoltech Center for Advanced Studies) were elected as corresponding members of RAS.

Skoltech Founding President, Professor Edward F. Crawley was elected as a foreign member of the Academy.

Olga A. Dontsova: Professor, Skoltech Center for Functional Genomics. Professor Dontsova is a graduate of Chemistry Department of the Moscow State University (MSU). She received her Candidate of Science degree in bioorganic chemistry in 1991 and Doctor of Science degree in 1997. From 1999 serves as professor of Bioorganic Chemistry, Div. of Chemistry of Natural Compounds, Chemistry Faculty, MSU. Since 2003 head of laboratory of Nucleoprotein Compounds, Division of Chemistry of Natural Compounds, Chemistry Faculty, MSU. Since 2009 head of Division of Chemistry of Natural Compounds, Chemistry Faculty, MSU. Since 2011 – head of Division of RNA Structure and Function, Belozersky Institute, MSU.

Since 1999 — member of PhD&Dr.Sc. Scientific Board at MSU; Russian Foundation of Basic Research Council; Organizing committees of international conferences in Russia; bilateral French-Russian & German-Russian conferences; “Ribosome” conferences; co-Chair, “RNA World” section on FEBS 2013 Congress. Editorial board member: Biochimie, Acta Naturae, Molek.Biol. (Mosc).

Edward Crawley, who was elected as a foreign member of the RAS, is the Founding President of Skoltech (2011-2016), and he now holds a professorship in the Skoltech Space Center. His early research was on structural dynamics and aeroelasticity. His most recent research has focused on the architecture, design, and decision support in complex technical systems subject to economic and stakeholder constraints.

Professor Crawley has served as chairman of the NASA Technology and Commercialization Advisory Committee and as a member of the NASA Advisory Committee, the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Space Station Redesign. In 1993, he was a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Space Station Redesign. From 2003 to 2006, he was the Executive Director of the Cambridge-MIT Institute, a joint venture with Cambridge University funded by the British government and industry.

Edward has served as founding co-director of an international collaboration on the reform of engineering education and was the lead author of Rethinking Engineering Education, the CDIO Approach. For his work in CDIO, he received the 2011 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering Education from the NAE.

Edward is a Fellow of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and Royal Aeronautical Society (UK) and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science, the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Engineering (US).

He is the author of numerous papers published in AIAA Journal, ASME Journal, the Journal of Composite Materials, and Acta Astronautica.

Evgeny Nikolaev, who was elected as a corresponding member, holds a professorship in the Skoltech Space Center as well. Evgeny specializes in mass spectrometry and ion processes
as well as proteomics and petroliomics. His current research activities include supercomputer modeling of ion cloud behavior in accumulation and transportation of ions. Using mass spectrometry, he researches proteomes within physical liquids found in the human body through long isolation.

Prior to Skoltech, Evgeny was a professor of chemical physics and led the Laboratory of Ion and Molecular Physics at the Institute of Energy Problems of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

At the same time, he worked as the head of the Laboratory for Mass Spectrometry of Biomacromolecules at the Institute of Biochemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Outside of that position, Evgeny was the lead scientific member of the Orehovich Institute of Biomedical Chemistry, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. Previously he has researched at the Institute of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Evgeny has been a visiting professor throughout the world: Université de Metz, France; University of Waterloo, Canada; University of Delaware, USA; University of Arizona, USA; and Purdue University, USA.

He is a member of the editorial board for the European Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. He has advised 20 Ph.D. students at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. In all, he has published 162 articles and produced 35 patents.

Alexander Gaifullin, who was elected as a corresponding member, is a principal research scientist at Skoltech’s Center for Advanced Studies. Dr. Gaifullin graduated with honors from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) in 2005 where he also received his Candidate of Sciences degree in 2008. Two years later, in 2010, he defended the Doctor of Sciences degree at Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow. His doctoral thesis was devoted to the problem of combinatorial computation of rational Pontryagin classes.

Alexander started his career as Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Mechanics and Mathematics of MSU in 2008, where he was later appointed to the positions of Assistant Professor, Docent, and Leading Research Fellow successively. In 2014, he became Professor of MSU. In 2012-2013, Alexander worked as Research Fellow at Yaroslavl State University. He currently also holds positions of Leading Research Fellow at Steklov Mathematical Institute and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Information Transmission Problems. Alexander was a visiting researcher at Columbia University, USA, and in Bielefeld University, Germany.

Alexander authored more than 30 publications. He presented his research results at conferences and seminars in Russia, Germany, USA, UK, Japan, China, Canada, Poland, Netherlands, Croatia, and Sweden.


The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) is a civil self-governed non-commercial organization. Its principal aim consists in organization and performance of fundamental researches for the purpose of obtaining further knowledge of the natural, social and human development principles that promote technological, economic, social and cultural development in Russia. Members of RAS are elected based on their scientific contributions, and election to membership is considered very prestigious.

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