Publish date: 26.11.2015
Professor Oleg Kiselev, director of the Research Institute of Influenza since 1988, died on November 24 2015 at the age of 70.
Oleg Ivanovich Kiselev was born in the city of Magnitogorsk in 1945.
After graduating from St. Petersburg State Pavlov Medical University in 1968, he began his academic career as postgraduate student at the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics at the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Academy of Medical Sciences of USSR. He received a PhD degree in medicine in 1971. He made a significant contribution to research in the field of molecular virology and in 1981 he earned a Doctor of Science degree in Biology.
From 1983 till 1988, Oleg Kiselev worked in Medical and Microbiological Industry in the USSR. In 1988 Oleg Kiselev became the director of the Research Institute of Influenza (RII) and led this institute till his last days.
Scientific interests of prof. Kiselev were broad: they included biochemistry, molecular biology, virology and biosafety. His significant scientific accomplishments in these fields are presented in more than 200 research papers, patents and monographs.
Prof. Kiselev played a leading part in promoting collaboration with international institutions engaged in influenza studies. As the director of WHO Russian National Influenza Center, he actively supported development of influenza surveillance in Russia and worldwide. He also served as a WHO expert in issues of global influenza pandemic preparedness.
Oleg Kiselev was a full member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (RAMS).
He headed RAS St. Petersburg Branch of the Russian Society of Biochemists and Molecular Virologists and was a member of various scientific and medical editorial boards and councils. His scientific and administrative achievements were recognized by many state and research community awards including the Russian Government Prize in Science and Technology, and Order of Merit for Fatherland II.
He will be remembered as a prominent researcher, talented mentor and a visionary leader.