Igor S. Zakharov
Dr. Sci. (Biol.)
Koltzov Institute of Developmental Biology RAS,
The main area of interest is the plasticity of the nervous system in individual development, neurogenesis, the mechanisms of formation of behavioral programs, the role of expression of neurospecific genes in the plasticity of animal behavior in ontogenesis.
In the study of cellular mechanisms of the organization of the behavior of the terrestrial mollusk, he showed the role of functional class of modulator neurons in the plasticity of the neural network and in the dynamics of ontogenetic rearrangements of animal behavior at different stages of development. He showed the presence of long-lasting neurogenesis in the olfactory analyzer of juvenile mollusk. It was shown the role of dynamic gene expression in the development of hereditary behavioral programs in ontogenesis and in plastic rearrangements associated with changes in the motivational state of the animal.
In 1998 he defended his doctoral dissertation “Modulation as a control mechanism in the nervous system”.
Author of more than 140 publications, including the monograph “Learning and Development: A common basis of two phenomena”.