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Head: Oleg G. Davydenko

D.Sc. in Biology, Professor, Corresponding Member



Key directions of scientific research:

  • Use of DNA-markers in barley, soya and sunflower breeding;
  • Hybrid sunflower breeding on the basis of CMS (cytoplasmic male sterility);
  • Investigating the genetic history of the Belarusian population;
  • Genetic control of a number of diseases in the citizens of Belarus;
  • Whole-genome sequencing of barley DNA organelles; studying nucleus-cytoplasm interaction.

Key publications:

  1. Danilenko N., Merkulava E., Siniauskaya M., Olejnik O., Levaya-Smaliak A., Kushniarevich A., Shymkevich A., Davydenko O. Spectrum of genetic changes in patients with non-syndromic hearing impairment and extremely high carrier frequency of 35delG GJB2 mutation in Belarus // PLoS One – 2012. – Vol.7(5) – e36354.
  2. Kushniarevich A., Sivitskaya L., Danilenko N., Novogrodskii T., Tsybovsky I., et al. Uniparental Genetic Heritage of Belarusians: Encounter of Rare Middle Eastern Matrilineages with a Central European Mitochondrial DNA Pool. // PLoS ONE – 2013. – Vol. 8(6). – e66499. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066499.
  3. Vaikhanskaya T., Sivitskaya L., Danilenko N., Davydenko O., Kurushka T., Sidorenko I. LMNA-related dilated cardiomyopathy // Oxf. Med. Case Rep. – 2014. – Issue 6. – P. 102–104. doi: 10.1093/omcr/omu040.
  4. Siniauskaya, M. G., Danilenko, N. G., Lukhanina, N. V., Shymkevich, A. M. and Davydenko, O. G. Expression of the Chloroplast Genome: Modern Concepts and Experimental Approaches // Russian Journal of Genetics: Applied Research. – 2016. – Vol. 6, No. 5. – P. 491–509.
  5. The genetic variation in the R1a clade among the Ashkenazi Levites’ Y chromosome / Scientific Reports – 2017. – Vol. 7. – Article number: 14969 doi: 10.1038/ s41598-017-14761-7 ((Behar D.M., L. Saag, M. Karmin, M. G. Gover, J. D. Wexler, LF Sanchez, E. Greenspan, A. Kushniarevich, H. Sahakyan, L. Yepiskoposyan, A. Boattini, S. Sarno, L. Pagani, S. Carmi, S. Tzur, E. Metspalu, C. Bormans, K. Skorecki, M.Metspalu, S. Rootsi, O. Davydеnko & R. Villems.


  1. Davydenko, O. G. Cytoplasmic inheritance: A series of lectures by O. G. Davydenko. – Minsk: Belarusian State University, 2001. – 189 p.
  2. Danilenko, N. G., Davydenko, O. G.. Worlds of organelle genomes. – Minsk: Technalohija. – 2003. – 494 p.
  3. Davydenko, O. G., Goloyenko, D. V., Rozentsveig, V. E. Soya for moderate climate. Minsk: Technalohija, – 2004. – 164 p.
  4. Danilenko, N. G., Shubina-Oleinik, O. A., Merkulova, E. P., Levaya-Smolyak, A. M. Silence code (genetic bases of hearing disorder). – Minsk: Belaruskaya Navuka. – 2017. – 206 p.