ISSN 10227954, Russian Journal of Genetics, 2011, Vol. 47, No. 10, pp. 1264–1265. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2011.
Original Russian Text © Editorial Board, 2011, published in Genetika, 2011, Vol. 47, No.10, pp. 1420–1421.
Professor Nikolai Pavlovich Bochkov, Doctor of
Medical Sciences, Honored Scientist of the Russian
Federation, head of the Laboratory of Mutagenesis of the
Medical Genetic Research Center of the Russian Acad
emy of Medical Sciences is 80 on October 19, 2011.
Bochkov graduated with honors from the Pirogov
Second Moscow State Medical Institute in 1955 and
received the degrees of candidate of sciences in 1958
and doctor of sciences in 1969. In 1970, Bochkov was
conferred the title of professor of genetics. He was
elected a corresponding member and a full member of
the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences of the
Soviet Union in 1971 and 1978, respectively.
Wherever Bochkov worked (Moscow, Sukhumi, or
Obninsk), regenerative medicine, human genetics, and
medical genetics have always been the focuses of his
research efforts. Fundamental studies on the laws of
hereditary variation in humans are the main area of
Bochkov’s scientific interests. These studies have been
performed in a number of Russian cities, as well as in
neighboring and remote foreign countries, with the use
of experimental, population, epidemiological, and clin
ical approaches. The research group working under
Bochkov’s leadership has revealed the general consis
tent patterns of spontaneous and induced mutagenesis
in human germ and somatic cells and developed the
principles of the prediction of the genetic effects of var
ious harmful environmental factors.
Regarding applied research, Bochkov supervised
the development of the principles of medical genetic
counseling and the monitoring of hereditary pathol
ogy and malformations. He actively participated in the
organization and improvement of the medical genetic
service in the framework of the healthcare system and
in studying the genetic consequences of radioactive
contamination after the Chernobyl accident.
Bochkov takes a lively interest in new fields of
research. In recent years, he has been developing the
Nikolai Pavlovich Bochkov (on his 80th Birthday)