On Dec. 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree finalizing the changes to the membership of the Presidential Council for Science and Education. Among the five new council members is Maxim Nikitin, the head of the Nanobiotechnology Lab at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
Another MIPT researcher on the council is Artem Oganov, who heads the Institute’s Computational Materials Discovery Laboratory.
Formed in 2001, the presidential council is tasked with developing proposals for new policies in the spheres of science, technology, innovation, and education, as well as the interaction between Russian and foreign education and research centers. The council also informs the president on the state of affairs in science, education, and technology; provides expert evaluations of relevant legislation; and handles various matters pertaining to government award presentation in the areas of science and education.
Nikitin, who was born Sept. 23, 1986, received the 2017 Presidential Prize in Science and Innovation for Young Scientists “for developing a new generation of smart nanomaterials for biomedical applications and fundamentals for autonomous biomolecular computer systems used in theranostics.” The latter refers to an emerging field in medicine, an integrated approach for developing specific agents for targeted diagnostics and treatment of a particular disease.
Nikitin’s Nanobiotechnology Lab has recently published a paper recapping the achievements in biocomputing technology in Chemical Reviews, which ranks among the world’s 5 most frequently cited journals.