Genome Research and Education Center of SibFU


Leadership of Genome Research and Education Center

The Scientific director of the Center is Dr. Konstantin V. Krutovsky Leading Scientist,  N.I. Vavilov Institute of General Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences; Professor of Texas A&M University (USA) and the University of Göttingen (Germany).

Address: 119333, Moscow,  Gubkina Str. 3, Russia




Title: Professor

Specialization: Forest genomics, population genetics, conservation genetics

Education: Ph.D., Population Genetics, N. I. Vavilov Institute of General Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, 1984 
M.Sc., Genetics, Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences and Department of Life Sciences, Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russia, 1979 
B.Sc., Genetics, Department of Genetics and Embryology, Samara State University, Samara, Russia, 1978 
Diploma, Computer application in information and communication systems, Central Institute of Information Systems and Communication, Moscow, Russia, 1986

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary, population, conservation and ecological geneticsEnvironmental stress and adaptive genes study
  • Comparative and population genomics
  • Genome, QTL, comparative, candidate gene and association mapping
  • Plant molecular systematics and phylogeny
  • Introgressive hybridization, gene flow and mating system
  • Molecular genetic marker development

Current Research

My primary research interest is in understanding the genetic control of complex traits that define adaptation and response to environmental stresses in conifers, as well as traits of practical value, such as wood quality, growth, and disease resistance. Conifers have significant economic and environmental importance, and a remarkable evolution. I use cDNA libraries, genomic and EST nucleotide sequences to discover alleles in genes controlling important adaptation and mitigation traits that enable future tree breeding strategies. I collaborate on the Douglas-fir Genome Project (DFGP) and the Loblolly Pine Genome Project (LPGP) to find candidate genes for adaptive traits and to use association mapping for identification of the specific loci and alleles that are responsible for phenotypic differences in adaptive traits. I use high-throughput sequencing and genotyping and population genomic approaches to analyze structure of natural and breeding populations of Douglas-fir and loblolly pine and actively participate in the Coordinated Agriculture Project (CAP) "Integrating research, education and extension for enhancing southern pine climate change mitigation and adaptation" (PINEMAP) recently funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Selected Recent Publications

  1. Krutovsky, K.V., I.N. Tretyakova, N.V. Oreshkova, M.E. Pak, O.V. Kvitko, and E.A. Vaganov, 2014 Somaclonal variation of haploid in vitro tissue culture obtained from Siberian larch (Larix sibirica Ledeb.) megagametophytes for whole genome de novo sequencing. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Plant 50
  2. Koralewski, T.E., Brooks, J.E. and K.V. Krutovsky, 2014 Molecular evolution of drought tolerance and wood strength related candidate genes in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.). Silvae Genetica 63(1-2): 59-66.
  3. Chhatre, V., T. Byram, D.B. Neale, J.L. Wegrzyn, and K.V. Krutovsky, 2013 Genetic structure and association mapping of adaptive and selective traits in the East Texas loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) breeding populations. Tree Genetics and Genomes 9(5): 1161-1178.
  4. Krutovsky, K.V., J. Burczyk, I. Chybicki, R. Finkeldey, T. Pyhäjärvi, J.J. Robledo-Arnuncio, 2012 Gene flow, spatial structure, local adaptation and assisted migration in trees, pp. 71-116, Ch. 4 in Genomics of Tree Crops, edited by R.J. Schnell and P.M. Priyadarshan. Springer Science, Inc.
  5. Koralewski, T.E., and K. V. Krutovsky, 2011 Evolution of exon-intronstructure and alternative splicing. PLoS One 6(3): e18055.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018055.
  6. Echt, C.S., S. Saha, K.V. Krutovsky, K. Wimalanathan, J.E. Erpelding, C.Liang and C.D. Nelson, 2011 An annotated genetic map of loblolly pine based on microsatellite and cDNA markers. BMC Genetics 2011,12:17doi:10.1186/1471-2156-12-17 (
  7. Ritland, K., K. Krutovsky, Y. Tsumura, B. Pelgas, N. Isabel and J. Bousquet, 2011 Genetic mapping in conifers, pp. 196-238, Ch. 5 in Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Conifers, edited by C. Plomion, J. Bousquet and C. Kole. CRC Press, Science Publishers, Inc., Enfield, New Hampshire.
  8. González-Martínez, S.C., S. Dillon, P.H. Garnier-Géré, K.V. Krutovsky, R. Alía, C. Burgarella, A.J. Eckert, M.R. Garcia, D. Grivet, M. Heuertz, J.P. Jaramillo-Correa, M. Lascoux, D.B. Neale, O. Savolainen, Y. Tsumura and G.G. Vendramin, 2011 Patterns of nucleotide diversity and association mapping, pp. 239-275, Ch. 6 in Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Conifers, edited by C. Plomion, J. Bousquet and C. Kole. CRC Press, Science Publishers, Inc., Enfield, New Hampshire.
  9. Tarakanov, V.V., K.V. Krutovsky, J. Turok, 2010 Problems of Forest Genetic Resources Conservation in Siberia considering global climate change and increasing antropogenic effects. Contemporary Problems of Ecology 3(6): 707-714.
  10. Krutovsky, K.V., J.B. St.Clair, R. Saich, V.D. Hipkins and D.B. Neale, 2009 Estimation of population structure in coastal Douglas-fir [Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco var. menziesii] using allozyme and microsatellite markers. Tree Genetics and Genomes 5(4): 641-658.
  11. Eckert, A.J., A.D. Bower, J.L. Wegrzyn, B. Pande, K.D. Jermstad, K.V. Krutovsky, J.B. St. Clair and D.B. Neale, 2009 Association genetics of coastal Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii, Pinaceae). I. Cold-hardiness related traits. Genetics 182: 1289-1302.
  12. Eckert, A.J., J.L. Wegrzyn, B. Pande, K.D. Jermstad, J.M. Lee, J.D. Liechty, B.R. Tearse, K.V. Krutovsky and D.B. Neale, 2009 Multilocus patterns of nucleotide diversity and divergence reveal positive selection at candidate genes related to cold-hardiness in coastal Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii). Genetics 183: 289-298.
  13. Carlson, J. E., A. Traore, H. A. Agrama and K. V. Krutovsky, 2007 Douglas-fir, pp. 199-210, Ch. 7 in Genome Mapping and Molecular Breeding in Plants, Forest Trees Vol. 7, edited by C. Kole. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, Tokyo.
  14. Krutovsky, K. V., C. G. Elsik, M. Matvienko, A. Kozik and D. B. Neale, 2006 Conserved Ortholog Sets in forest trees. Tree Genetics and Genomes 3(1): 61-70.
  15. Krutovsky, K. V. 2006 From Population Genetics to Population Genomics of Forest Trees: Integrated Population Genomics Approach. Russian Journal of Genetics 42(10): 1088-1100. (Springer, Download)
  16. Jermstad, K. D., L. A. Sheppard, B. B. Kinloch, A. Delfino-Mix, E. S. Ersoz, K. V. Krutovsky and D. B. Neale, 2006 Isolation of a conserved full-length CC-NBS-LRR resistance gene candidate from sugar pine. Tree Genetics and Genomes 2(2): 76-85.
  17. González-Martínez, S. C., K. V. Krutovsky and D. B. Neale, 2006 Forest tree population genomics and adaptive evolution. New Phytologist 170(2): 227-238.
  18. Krutovsky, K. V., and D. B. Neale, 2005 Nucleotide diversity and linkage disequilibrium in cold-hardiness and wood quality-related candidate genes in Douglas-fir. Genetics 171(4): 2029-2041.
  19. Wheeler, N. C., K. D. Jermstad, K. V. Krutovsky, S. N. Aitken, G. T. Howe, J. Krakowski and D. B. Neale, 2005 Mapping of quantitative trait loci controlling adaptive traits in coastal Douglas-Fir. IV. Cold-hardiness QTL verification and candidate gene mapping. Molecular Breeding 15: 145-156.
  20. Krutovsky, K. V., and D. B. Neale, 2005 Forest genomics and new molecular genetic approaches to measuring and conserving adaptive genetic diversity in forest trees, pp. 369-390 in Conservation and Management of Forest Genetic Resources in Europe, edited by Th. Geburek and J. Turok. Arbora Publishers, Zvolen.
  21. Krutovsky, K. V., M. Troggio, G. R. Brown, K. D. Jermstad and D. B. Neale, 2004 Comparative mapping in the Pinaceae. Genetics 168(1): 447-461.
  22. Neale, D. B., and K. V. Krutovsky, 2004 Comparative Genetic Mapping in Trees: The Group of Conifers, pp. 267-277 in Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry: Molecular Marker Systems, edited by H. Lörz and G. Wenzel. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg.
  23. Schnabel, A., and K. V. Krutovskii, 2004 Conservation genetics and evolutionary history of Gleditsia caspica: inferences from allozyme diversity in populations from Azerbaijan. Conservation Genetics 5(2): 195-204.
  24. Slavov, G. T., G. T. Howe, I. Yakovlev, K. J. Edwards, K. V. Krutovskii, G. A. Tuskan, J. E. Carlson, S. H. Strauss and W. T. Adams, 2004 Highly variable SSR markers in Douglas-fir: Mendelian inheritance and map locations. Theor. Appl. Genet. 108: 873-880.
  25. Ledig, F. T., P. D. Hodgskiss, K. V. Krutovskii, D. B. Neale and T. Eguiluz-Piedra, 2004 Relationships among the spruces (Picea, Pinaceae) of Southwestern North America. Systematic Botany 29(2): 275-295.
  26. Krutovskii, K. V. and D. B. Neale, 2001 Forest Genomics for Conserving Adaptive Genetic Diversity. Forest Genetic Resources Working Papers, Working Paper FGR/3. Forest Resources Development Service, Forest Resources Division. FAO, Rome (Download).
  27. Krutovskii, K. V., and D. B. Neale, 2001 Forest genomics for conserving adaptive genetic diversity. Forest Genetic Resources 29: 7-9.