A brief history

There are several stages in the development of the Department of Molecular biology and Human genetics which were determined by breakthrough of biological sciences. The name of the Department was changed according to its main objectives: the Department of Biology with Course of Histology (1945), the Department of General biology (1946 – 1968), the Department of General biology and Genetics (1968 -1978), the Department of Biology and Human genetics (1978-1998), and now – the Department of Molecular biology and Human genetics.

V. Sinelscikov, PhD, associate Professor, a graduate of the St. Petersburg University of Medicine was the first head of the Department Later on this position was held by: S. Antipin, M. Ass (1949-1950), N. Litvinova (1950-1952). In the period 1952-1956 the Department of General biology was headed N. Iliin, PhD in biology, Professor, outstanding biologist. In the period 1956-1978 the Department was led by PhD, Professor V. Zaharov – a remarkable scientist, expert in parasitology, a very skillful pedagogue and artist. During 1978 -1998 the Department of General biology and Genetics was conducted by MD, PhD, Professor N. Cherdivarenco, a graduate of the Chisinau Medical Institute, Honored worker of Public education. In the period 1998-2003 the Department was headed by associate professor L. Ţaranov, a specialist with excellent fundamental background in the field of genetics, who was a PhD student of legendary geneticist V.M. Timofeev-Resovski. Since 2003 the head of the department is PhD, associate Professor, I. Cemortan, Laureate of the 1st Awards ceremony for work in health (2012).

The members of the Department participated actively in a number of scientific Conferences and Congresses. Also the Department keeps good relationships with other important scientific, medical and educational centers in various countries.

Actually the students of the University study genetics and molecular biology in the first year. Good physicians who will treat patients cannot be trained without fundamental knowledge in anatomy, biology etc. But, according to the Laureate of the Nobel Prize P. Berg “… we shall also need physicians who are as conversant with the molecular anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of chromosomes and genes as the cardiac surgeon is with the structure and workings of the heart and circulatory tree…”.