Dr. Ara Kirakosyan

Ph.D., D.Sc. Research Faculty at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. He received a Ph.D. in Biophysics (1993) and Doctor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2007), both from Yerevan State University, Armenia. Dr. Kirakosyan's primary research areas include: impact of phytochemicals on prevention of heart failure, challenges and pitfalls in antioxidant research, and mechanisms of synergistic action of bioactive medicinal compounds at target sites. His research on phytochemicals and antioxidants in foodstuffs has direct implications for the health industry, specifically in the area of cardiovascular disease. He carried out postdoctoral research at Gifu Pharmaceutical University, Gifu, Japan (supervisor, Prof. Kenichiro Inoue). He also took part in visiting research investigator positions in Germany, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, and Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben. In 2002, he was a Fulbright Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Michigan, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He has coauthored three books, namely, Natural Products from Plants, second edition (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, 2006; 2008 Nominee The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries- Annual Award for a Significant Work in Botanical or Horticultural Literature), Recent Advances in Plant Biotechnology (Springer, 2009), and Handbook of Molecular and Cellular Methods in Biology and Medicine, third edition (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, 2011). Dr. Kirakosyan is principal author of over 60 peer-reviewed research papers in professional journals and several chapters in books dealing with plant biotechnology, food chemistry, nutritional biochemistry, and pharmacology