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Institute of Microbiology

General Information

The Institute of Microbiology (IMAZ) was established in 1972 as a subdivision of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. It currently employs 75 staff members including 1 Corresponding Member of Azerbaijan NAS, 1 Academician of Azerbaijan NAS, 4 Doctors of Science and 17 PhDs.

Nowadays the Institute entertains two main scientific directions:

  • Microbiological and ecological study of terrestrial and water ecosystems, both clean and anthropogenic;
  • Biotechnology of different production of microbial origins and microbial enzymes.

The Institute and its culture collection are the main source of microbiological research in the Republic. It maintains 700 filamentous fungi, over 1,000 bacteria, including 380 actinobacteria, and some 200 yeasts strains.

Institute’s Focus

Institute’s areas of core competencies include the following:

  • Investigation of the physiological, biochemical and ecological features of microorganisms spread in different natural ecosystems of Azerbaijan;
  • Determination of biochemical pathways of oil hydrocarbons degradation;
  • Study of physiological-biochemical and biotechnological mechanisms of enzymes synthesis;
  • Production of biosurfactants by hydrocarbon degrading microorganisms;
  • Production and chemical composition of fungal lipids during their growth on hydrocarbon substrates;
  • Elaboration of theoretical base and application of microbiological methods enhancing oil recovery;
  • Elaboration of the novel approaches and applications for the strategy of bioremediation of oil contaminated ecosystems.

Among other important areas of research in functional biochemistry are:

  • microbial ecology, biochemistry and biotechnology;
  • bioremediation of oil contaminated areas;
  • lipid biochemistry;
  • coenzyme biochemistry; enzyme chemistry and biochemistry

Valuable Technology Offerings

Industry, agriculture and ecology:

  • Production and application of biologically high active substances and biopreparations;
  • Industrial technology for oil pollution cleaning;
  • Determination of hydrolytic enzymes synthesis in fungi;
  • The elaboration of scientific and practical fundaments of plant waste utilization by biological methods.

Scientific Cooperation and Technology Transfer

Institute of Microbiology collaborates with international laboratories and institutes:

  • Vinogradski Institute of Microbiology, RAS, Russia;
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA;
  • Institutes of Microbiology and Biology of Inner Waters of RAS, Russia;
  • Institute of Technology and Environment, Sweden;
  • Lund University, Sweden;
  • Durmishidze Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Georgia;
  • EAWAG, Zurich, Switzerland.

Latest International Projects story:

  • 2002-2005 “Biogeochemical C,H and N cycles in the oxic-anoxic interface of different meromictic lakes” (Azerbaijan, Russia, Switzerland, France)
  • 2006-2008 “Establishment of a Biotechnological Network of Regional Microbial Culture Collections in the Caucasus” (Azerbaijan, Georgia, USA)
  • 2007-2009 “Novel approach for the improvement of ecological guarantee of oil pipelines ” (Azerbaijan, Georgia)

Contact Details

Academician Mamed A. Salmanov, Director
Address: 40, Patamdar road AZ 1073 Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel: (+994 12) 439 9621
Fax: (+994 12) 510 0470
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Chief Technology Commercialization Officers Dr Elmira Akhundova
Tel: (+994 12) 439 2359, (+994 50) 324 5224
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Saida Aliyeva
Phone: (+994 50) 370 4475
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