Eugene Koonin is the leader of the Evolutionary Genomics Group at the National Center for Biotechnology Information. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 1983 from the Department of Biology, Moscow State University, joined the NCBI in 1991 and became a Senior Investigator in 1996. His group is pursuing several research directions in evolutionary genomics of prokaryotes, eukaryotes and viruses, along with general theoretical problems of the evolution of life, such as principles and models of host-parasite coevolution. He is the author of “The Logic of Chance: The nature and origin of biological evolution” (2011) and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Biology Direct, an Open Access, open peer-review journal. Dr. Koonin is a Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Academy of Microbiology, a Foreign Associate of the European Molecular Biology Organization, and Doctor Honoris Causa of Universite Aix-Marseille.
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