Astghik Pepoyan

Astghik Pepoyan

PhD, DrSc, Prof

Head of Food Safety and Biotechnology department,

Scientific Research Institute of Food Science and Biotechnologies,
Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU)

Professional education and experience

Education (degrees, dates)

Professor, 2002

Doctor of Science in Biology (Molecular and Cell Biology), 2002

Ph.D in Molecular Biology and Genetics (Candidate of Sciences), 1990

MSc in Biophysics, 1987


Principal scientist,   head of department, ANAU 2011–present
Scientific advisor, Neo Lab diagnostic LLC, RA (part time) 2014–present
Principal scientist,   head of lab,  ANAU 2008–present
President, IAHAHI 2008–present
Principal scientist, head of laboratory, Institute of Molecular biology of NAS RA (IMB NAS RA)

Leader specialist, IMB NAS RA




Principal specialist, IMB NAS RA 1993-1997

Senior scientist                                                                                                1990-1993

Senior laborant                                                                                                1987-1990

Teaching Experience

2020 – Nutritional biochemistry (undergraduate level courses, Yerevan State University)

2006 to present – Molecular microbiology, molecular immunology and molecular virology; pharmacological microbiology (undergraduate level courses, Scientific-Educational Center of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia)

Research Interests

host-bacteria interaction, structural biology in biotechnology & medicine, microbial adaptation, biosafety and biosecurity

Membership in a professional society and activities as a scientific journal editor or reviewer

Professional Societies

  • The Biological Safety Association for Central Asia and the Caucasus
  • International Society for Infectious Diseases
  • Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society
  • Biophysical Society
  • European Microscopy Society

Editorial Board member

  • International Journal of Probiotics & Prebiotics, USA
  • “Kachar” scientific periodical, Armenia
  • “Consumer” magazine, Armenia

Review activities

  • Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
  • International Journal of Radiation Biology
  • Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciencias

Karbala International Journal of Modern Science

You may cite up to five publications or research products that highlight your experience

Pepoyan, A. Z., Manvelyan, A. M., Balayan, M. H., et al. (2020). The effectiveness of potential probiotics Lactobacillus rhamnosus Vahe and Lactobacillus delbrueckii IAHAHI in irradiated rats depends on the nutritional stage of the host. 2020. Probiotics Antimicrob. Proteins. doi:10.1007/s12602-020-09662-7.

Pepoyan, A. Z., Tsaturyan, V. V., Badalyan, M., Weeks, R., Kamiya, S., and Chikindas, M. L. (2020). Blood protein polymorphisms and the gut bacteria: impact of probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus Narine on Salmonella carriage in sheep. Benef. Microbes. 11, 183–189. doi:10.3920/BM2019.0138.

Pepoyan, A. Z., Chikindas M. L. (2020). Plant-associated and soil microbiota composition as an important criterion for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified plants. GM crops and food. doi:10.1080/21645698.2019.1703447.

Pepoyan, A. Z., Balayan, M. H., Malkhasyan, L., Manvelyan, A., Bezhanyan, T., Paronikyan, R., et al. (2019). Effects of probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus strain INMIA 9602 Er 317/402 and putative probiotic lactobacilli on DNA damages in the small intestine of Wistar rats in vivo. Probiotics Antimicrob. Proteins 11, 905–909. doi:10.1007/s12602-018-9491-y.

Pepoyan, A. Z., Balayan, M., Manvelyan, A., Galstyan, L., Pepoyan, S., Petrosyan, S., et al. (2018). Probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus strain INMIA 9602 Er 317/402 administration reduces the numbers of Candida albicans and abundance of enterobacteria in the gut microbiota of familial Mediterranean fever patients. Front. Immunol. 9, 1–11. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2018.01426.

Contact details

Armenian National Agrarian University
74 Teryan str; 0009, Yerevan, Armenia
Tel: (+37491) 432493


Other board members
Dr. Arsen Arakelyan
Dr. Arsen Arakelyan
Director, Head of Research Group, Senior Scientist
Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA, Yerevan, Armenia
Nasyrova Firuza Yusufovna
Nasyrova Firuza Yusufovna
Nasyrova Firuza Yusufovna, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor, the Head of Laboratory of Biosafety
IBPPG TNAS, Tajikistan