The founder of the Faculty of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics of Moscow State University Vladimir Skulachev died
The dean and founder of the Faculty of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics of Moscow State University , academician, founder of modern bioenergy Vladimir Petrovich Skulachev, died at the age of 88, the press service of Moscow State University reported.
“Vladimir Petrovich lived a long and eventful life filled with scientific victories and achievements, the promotion of Russian science in our country and beyond. He described the phenomenon of intermembrane electron transfer, discovered the effect of thermoregulatory uncoupling of oxidation and phosphorylation, proved the conversion of chemical and light energy into an electrical form by means of intracellular membrane proteins, clarified the biological significance of the nonequilibrium distribution of sodium and potassium ions between the cell and the environment, discovered a new type of energy in living organisms – “sodium cycle,” the report says.
The academician is famous for a number of works devoted to the study of the mechanisms of the aging process, which Skulachev was engaged in in the last years of his scientific activity. He developed a new direction in the study of aging – the concept of phenoptosis (programmed aging).
The university also emphasized that Vladimir was a kind, warm, sensitive and understanding person. He combined the talent of a great scientist and a wise leader and organizer of science.
Professor Skulachev headed the A.N. Belozersky Moscow State University, as well as the Faculty of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics of Moscow State University organized in 2002. Vladimir Skulachev was also Honorary President of the All-Russian Society of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists, a member of the European Academy and President of the Club of Russian Members of the European Academy.