About Us

Genetic Research Charitable Trust ArmGenia (thereafter, the "Trust") is a non-for-profit organization that is established in Armenia to do innovational research and scientific studies in genetics, health, and other relevant public disciplines.

The Founders:

  • Levon Yepiskoposyan
  • Mihran Nazaretyan
  • Evgueni Sokourenko
  • Sevak Avagyan

Board Members:

  • Levon Yepiskoposyan
  • Mihran Nazaretyan
  • Evgueni Sokourenko
  • Sevak Avagyan
  • Ashot Melkonyan

Mission

Apply the power of state-of-art genomics research to understand the ancient history, advance scientific progress and improve health of Armenian nation.

Objectives

  • To reconstruct the Living Map of Armenia based on the genetic make-up of peope who were born in or can directly trace their heritage to the Armenian villages and towns before the forced displacement
  • To establish a national database (Gene Bank) consisting of phenotype and genotype data of the Armenian population aiming to conduct fundamental research, genetic and health studies
  • To define specific traits inherited from the evolutionary past and to deepen the understanding of the genetic roots of the Armenians and to evaluate the role and impact of Armenian genome studies in shaping our national identity
  • To use genomic technology to fuel the "personalized medicine" to identify patients with gene variants that raises their risk of certain diseases
  • To enforce the development of genomics research in Armenia, participation of Armenian researchers in international genome projects