|Alexander Yakunin (Iakounine), PhD
Alexander is the group leader of the Enzyme Genomics group at the Center for Structural Proteomics in Toronto (SPiT) and a member of BioZone at the University of Toronto.
He earned a M.Sc. degree in Molecular Biology at the Moscow State University in 1978. He then joined the Institute of Basic Biological Problems (former Institute of Photosynthesis) in Pushchino (Russia) where he studied nitrogen and hydrogen metabolism in photosynthetic bacteria with Dr. Ivan Gogotov. In 1987, he got his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Institute of Microbiology (Moscow, Russia) for his work on regulation and enzymology of nitrogen fixation in Rhodobacter. He then continued his work as a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Basic Biological Problems (Pushchino, Russia) in the field of microbial nitrogen and hydrogen metabolism. From 1992 to 2002, Alexander worked as a post-doctoral fellow and research associate with Dr. Patrick Hallenbeck at the University of Montreal where he studied enzymology and genetics of nitrogen fixation in Rhodobacter.
In 2002, a desire to explore the anticipated wealth of purified unknown proteins produced by structural proteomics efforts led Alexander to his present position of research associate and group leader of enzyme genomics.