David Prangishvili graduated from Tbilisi State University, Georgia, and received his Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Molecular Biology of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia. He started studies on archaea in 1981 at Max-Planck Institute of Biochemisty in Munich, with Wolfram Zillig, and later continued at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Gergian Academy of Sciences, Tbilisi. In this institute, for many years, he headed the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Archaeabacteria, focused on studies of DNA polymerases and restriction endonuclases of hyperthermophiles. In recent years, his scientific interests have shifted to exploration of the diversity of viruses on our orgia, planet. Specifically, he studies viruses associated with hyperthermophilic archaea and isolated them from geothermally heated areas in various regions of active volcanism. He started these studies in Germany, at Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich and at the University of Regensburg. Since 2004, he has been working in France, as a Chef de Laboratoire at the Pasteur Institute of Paris. In parallel, he is involved in diverse international scientific activities, and presently he is the Editor-in-Chief of Research in Microbiology, the descendant of Annales de l'Institut Pasteur.
Biography Updated on 15 November 2009