Brain drain: turning the tide

Egor Prokhorchuk, Scientist, Group leader, Centre of Bioengineering, Russian Academy of Sciences, Laboratory Head, Kurchatov Scientific Centre

1971 – Born in Moscow
1993 – Graduates, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
1996 – Receives PhD in molecular biology, Institute of Gene Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences
1998 – Moves to the UK
1998 – Researcher, Edinburgh University
2002 – Returns to Moscow
2002 – Group leader, Institute of Gene Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences
2005 – Group leader, Centre of Bioengineering, Russian Academy of Sciences
2009 – Laboratory head, Kurchatov Scientific Centre

The brain drain has been a major problem for Russia’s scientific community, threatening its survival ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Deprived of sufficient funding, more and more Russian scientists chose to go abroad. Now, there are some of them which have already come back home and are pursuing a successful scientific career. Has the tide finally turned? One of these few, Yegor Prokhorchuk, Group Leader at the Center of Bioengineering and Laboratory Head at the Kurchatov Scientific Centre, is the guest in our studio today.