ISSN 10623604, Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, 2011, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 57–58. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2011.
Original Russian Text © E.D. Badaeva, S.G. Vassetzky, Y.E. Yegorov, O.V. Muravenko, 2011, published in Ontogenez, 2011, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 67–68.
On March 10, 2010, Aleksandr Vladimirovich
Zelenin, a distinguished scientist in the area of cell
and molecular biology, turned 80. He gave science
55 years of his life and now he remains truly keen and
devoted to his favorite subject. He undoubtedly is a
science romantic whose main scientific passions are
chromosomes and chromatin.
Aleksandr Vladimirovich was born in Moscow in
the family of Vladimir Filippovich Zelenin (1881–
1968), a famous general practitioner and founder of
the Russian school of clinical electrocardiography.
A.V. Zelenin studied in the Second Moscow Medical
Institute, and he then did a postgraduate course at the
histology department. In 1958, he defended his thesis
for the degree of candidate of medical sciences; in
1969, he became a doctor of biological sciences.
Zelenin worked in the Engelhardt Institute of
Molecular Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences,
from the very first months of its foundation in 1960. In
the time that he has worked in the laboratory of cell
functional morphology led by M.N. Meisel, Corre
sponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences,
Aleksandr Vladimirovich successfully continued the
traditions of his teacher and became a prominent spe
cialist in the area of fluorescent microscopy and fluo
The pioneering works of Zelenin on the interaction
of acridine orange with a living cell are still cited in
His training in Karolinska Institute (Stockholm,
Sweden) in 1971 had a great influence on the forma
tion of his scientific interests. Tirborn Kasperson, one
Aleksandr Vladimirovich Zelenin
(on His 80th Birthday)