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Maria Poptsova

  • Maria Poptsova has been at HSE University since 2016.

Education and Degrees

  • 2004

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Biophysics
    Lomonosov Moscow State University
    Thesis Title: Transformation of autowaves in local inhomogeneous active media

  • 1995

    Degree in Physics
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

1993 Amsterdam University, Netherlands

2005-2009 University of Connecticut, USA

2010-2011 Cornell University, USA


Awards and Accomplishments

Courses (2022/2023)

Bioinformatics (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Computer Science; 3 year, 1, 2 module)Rus

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)


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Editorial board membership

  • 2007: Guest Editor, Bioinformatics.

  • 2007: Guest Editor, BMC Bioinformatics.

  • 2007: Guest Editor, Nucleic Acids Research.

  • 2007: Guest Editor, PLoS Computational Biology.

  • 2007: Guest Editor, PLoS ONE (Plos One).

Timetable for today

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Scientists Propose New Way to Fight Cancer

A team of researchers that includes experts from the International Laboratory of Bioinformatics of the Faculty of Computer Science, HSE University has presented a new way to fight melanoma. The scientists discovered that a form of DNA molecule entering cancer cells is able to induce an immune response similar to the body's response to a virus. As a result, the cells that support tumour growth are killed and the patient begins to respond to anti-cancer therapy again. The results of the study have been published in the Nature.

Russian Congress on Clinical Pharmacogenomics, Moscow, February 4-5, 2022

The International Laboratory of Bioinformatics participated in the Russian Congress on Clinical Pharmacogenomics in Moscow on February 4-5, 2022.

Maria Poptsova spoke at the Sber AI Community Conference on January 28, 2022

The AI Community conference, which was held online, was attended by leading international and Russian experts in the field of AI, as well as business representatives.

"I think that it is right to study in different universities"

Mark Garnitsky, a student of the Data Analysis in Biology and Medicine master's programme is studying for one year at Ghent University in Belgium. We asked Mark to tell us about his story at the Faculty of Computer Science, his academic mobility experience and the social life during the pandemic.

The First International Forum of Genomic and Biomedical Technologies "From birth to active longevity" was held on December 2-3, 2021

On December 2, 2021, the First International Forum of Genomic and Biomedical Technologies "From birth to active longevity" was inaugurated at Surgut State University with the participation of the governor of Yugra Natalia Komarova, as well as the director of the District Department of Education and Youth Policy Alexey Drenin. Its organizers are the government of the district, the Ugra Development Fund and Surgut State University.

Genetics of Cardiovascular Diseases Consortium Holds First Event

In early September, the first event of the Genetics of Cardiovascular Diseases consortium - an interdisciplinary forum "Cardiogenetics and Bioinformatics: Realities 2021" - was held at HSE University. The forum marked the start of the consortium after signing an agreement on scientific cooperation between the participating organizations. The forum was attended by heads and representatives of scientific centres and institutes from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Arkhangelsk, Tyumen and Surgut.

Genetics of Cardiovascular Diseases Consortium Opens at HSE University

The Genetics of Cardiovascular Diseases Consortium, the first of this kind in Russia, was unveiled at HSE University at Cardiogenetics and Bioinformatics: 2021 Realities, an interdisciplinary forum. The consortium aims to compile a centralized and complete catalogue of the Russian population’s genomic mutations.

Summer School on Machine Learning in Bioinformatics Held at HSE University

The second international Summer School on Machine Learning in Bioinformatics took place on August 23–27. This year’s school featured 533 participants from 53 countries.

The Moscow Conference on Computational Molecular Biology (MCCMB)  07/30/2021 - 08/02/2021

The Moscow Conference on Computational Molecular Biology (MCCMB) took place on 07/30/2021 - 08/02/2021

ABZ 2021 Meeting: A, B and Z: The Structure, Function and Genetics of Z-DNA and Z-RNA 

The ABZ 2021 Meeting was held virtually on May 19, 2021, at the Faculty. The first of its kind, this international conference gathered more than 200 scientists from many disciplines to specifically address progress in research involving Z-DNA and Z-RNA. 

The HSE Look April Issue

The second issue of 2021 presents interviews about knowledge production and exchange from various angles.

International Laboratory of Bioinformatics Opens at the Faculty of Computer Science

On January 25, 2021, an International Laboratory of Bioinformatics opened at the Faculty of Computer Science. The main goal of the laboratory is to determine the role of alternative DNA structures in the genome.

Fourth Russian Winter School for Young Scientists in Pharmacogenetics, Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Therapy, February 16-18, 2021

Round table: «Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease»

On February 2, 2021 an online round table "Genetics of cardiovascular diseases" was held. It was dedicated to the genetics of cardiovascular diseases, the formation of a consortium in this research area and preparations for the signing of an agreement on scientific cooperation. 

Maria Poptsova presented at the AI Journey 2020

Maria Poptsova, head of the International Laboratory of Bioinformatics and associate professor of the Big Data and Information Retrieval School, spoke at the AI Journey 2020 conference on artificial intelligence with a presentation “Deep Learning in Genomics”.

HSE Researchers Use Neural Networks to Study DNA

HSE scientists have proposed a way to improve the accuracy of finding Z-DNA, or DNA regions that are twisted to the left instead of to the right. To do this, they used neural networks and a dataset of more than 30,000 experiments conducted by different laboratories around the world. Details of the study are published in Scientific Reports.

Winners of the HSE International Laboratory Proposal Competition Announced

This year’s HSE competition for the creation of international laboratories which considered proposals for the period of January 1, 2021 – December 21, 2023, was conducted from June 15 to December 15, 2020.

Faculty of Computer Science Hosts First School on Machine Learning in Bioinformatics

Laboratory of Bioinformatics organised the first international summer school in bioinformatics. The school was held online on August 24-28.

Podcasts of the program "Physics and Lyrics", radio station "Mayak"

Head of the lab Maria Poptsova - guest on the radio station "Mayak"

HSE Showcases Innovations in Urbanism and Neural Networks at Russia’s Geek Picnic 2020

This year, Russia’s largest science and technology festival, Geek Picnic, was held online for the first time. Despite the new format, the festival programme included all of the event’s usual key features: expert lectures, workshops, competitions, and opportunities to socialize and network with fellow tech and science enthusiasts. HSE University once again served as the festival’s content partner.


Head of the lab Maria Poptsova give a lecture at Geek Picnic 2020

Third Russian Winter School for Young Scientists and Doctors in Pharmacogenetics and Personalized Therapy

Head of the lab Maria Poptsova - participant and moderator of the round table at the Winter School of Young Scientists and Doctors on Pharmacogenetics and Personalized Therapy

Winter School 2020

Head of the lab Maria Poptsova give a lecture at the Computer Science Winter School for Graduate Students

International Congress "Genetics and Heart"

Head of the laboratory Maria Poptsova - congress co-chair

Lecture hall "University Saturdays at HSE"

Head of the lab Maria Poptsova is a lecturer on University Saturdays

Seminar "Myocardial diseases of predominantly hereditary origin"

Head of the laboratory Maria Poptsova - participant of the seminar

School-conference "Information Technologies and Systems" 2019

Laboratory staff - conference participants

Moscow Conference on Computational Molecular Biology (MCCMB)

Laboratory staff - conference participants

DNA Secondary Structures Lead to Gene Mutations that Increase the Risk of Cancer

Сancer Сells Will Become Vulnerable

"Worldwide Conversation on Women’s Higher Education and Equality in the Workplace"

On November 26, the HSE Faculty of Computer Science held the ‘IT Girls Night’ for the fifth time. This year the event was organized within the University of London’s campaign ‘Worldwide Conversation on Women’s Higher Education and Equality in the Workplace’. This campaign celebrates 150 years since the University of London opened up its ‘Special Examinations for Women’, the first university-level examinations offered for women in the UK. Ten years later, this step led to the University of London becoming the first institution of higher education in the UK to open up full degrees for women.

Results of Competition for Research and Teaching Laboratories Announced

This year, HSE has supported the founding of 10 new Research and Teaching Laboratories (RTLs) in various fields, from cognitive psychology and computer modeling, to international justice and economics of sports.