Petr Sergiev studied at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), where he received his PhD degree in 1998. He started his career as a Research Scientist at his alma mater and in 2 years he became a faculty member at the Department of Chemistry. In 2012 Dr. Sergiev organized a center for collective use of equipment of the Belozersky Institute for Physico-Chemical Biology at MSU and in 2015-2016 organized the center for transgene technologies aimed in development of knockout mice models. He continues to hold a professorial appointment at the Department of Chemistry at MSU.
Prof Sergiev’s research interests include, among others, expertise in molecular biology, bacterial genetics and genomics, translation and antimicrobials targeting translation apparatus, modification of ribosomal proteins, development of high throughput screening system for protein synthesis inhibitors, design of modern antibiotics, etc. Dr Sergiev authored a large number of publications and several book chapters with more than 800 citations (h =18). He is a winner of a number of prestigious awards including Moscow State University Shuvalov’s Prize (2000) and Russian Academy of Science Belozersky Prize (2016).
In 1998 – 2003 he worked at, or visited leading international universities and research centers, including Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, Germany; Brown University in Providence and University of Maryland at College Park in the USA.
Besides his wide scientific and administrative experience Dr Sergiev has also extensive teaching experience. He has taught a variety of both graduate and undergraduate courses on Molecular and Cell Biology, RNA biosynthesis, Basics of Molecular Biology.