The laboratory with all the necessary modern equipment is named after the French scientist of Armenian origin Christophe Terzian.
Known in the field of genetics, evolution and molecular biology, Christophe Terzian devoted his entire life to science. He lived in France, but constantly contributed to the development of science in Armenia. Christophe Terzian took an active part in the works of the Franco-Armenian Association for Scientific Cooperation (AFACS), which also contributes to the development of science in Armenia.
The scientist has made numerous reports at the Chair of Genetics and Cytology of the Faculty of Biology of YSU. Before his death, Mr. Terzian donated an impressive amount of money to the Chair of Genetics and Cytology of YSU Faculty of Biology.
Using these funds and with the financial support of the All Armenian Fund “Armenia” the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics was fully equipped with modern equipment.
To participate in the opening ceremony of the laboratory mother of the scientist Jacqueline Terzian and his two daughters arrived in Armenia. YSU vice-rectors Alexander Grigoryan, Gegham Gevorgyan, Ruben Markosyan, Dean of the Faculty of Biology Emil Gevorgyan, head of the above mentioned chair Ruben Harutyunyan, tutors and students of the faculty, as well as representatives of the All Armenian Fund “Armenia” and specialists of the Center for Medical Genetics and Primary Health Care attended the event.
Ruben Harutyunyan, speaking about the scientist, recalled how difficult it was to conduct laboratory researches in the 1990s: “Dr. Terzian used to visit Armenia often at that time. He delivered lectures and used to say that genetics in Armenia could develop in the same way as in France and other European countries. I am sure the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics will help to call to life his dream in the near future.”
YSU Vice-rector on Scientific Policy and International Cooperation Gegham Gevorgyan noted that it is wonderful when cooperation gives such results: “Terzian devoted himself to science. I am sure this equipment will help us to do this all.”
Dean of YSU Faculty of Biology Emil Gevorgyan added this significant event will not only be the beginning of new scientific achievements, but will also serve as an example of patriotism.
In an interview with journalists, the daughter of Terzian, who has arrived from France, noted that they are very encouraged that their father’s work continues at the university. His mother noted that she was very glad that there would be a laboratory named after her son.