Scientific Board

The Scientific Board have been elected by researchers working in the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (IOS).  The newly-elected Scientific Board has commenced work on December 17, 2018.

Prof. Edgars Sūna
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Chairman of the Scientific Board

IOS employee since 1990. In 1996 visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) as Research Intern with Prof. E. Vedejs. Dr. chem. form the University of Latvia (1999). Since 2003 – Head of Laboratory at IOS, since 2006 – Principal Scientist. G. Vanags award (2014) and Paul Walden medal (2013). Full Member, Latvian Academy of Science (since 2015). Professor of Chemistry at the University of Latvia.

Prof. Kristaps Jaudzems
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Deputy Chairman of the Scientific Board

Head of the Laboratory of Physical Organic Chemistry of IOS. Dr. Obtained experience at The Scripps Research Institute (USA), The Center for High-Field NMR of Lyon (France) and the Australian National University. The main scientific interests are focused on investigations of protein structure and protein-small molecule interactions by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Full Member, Latvian Academy of Science. Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Latvia.

Dr. chem. hab. Gunārs Duburs
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Honorary Member

From 1964-2017 – Head of Laboratory of Membrane active compounds and β-diketones. He is working at the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis since 1957. Full member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences since 1992. Mentor of 15 PhD students. Developed two original preparations for medicine, one for agriculture. Awards: Three Star Order, Latvian State prize, G.Vanag’s award, P.Walden’s award, O.Schmiedeberg’s medal, D.H.Grindel’s medal, S.Hiller’s medal.

Dr. chem. Pāvels Arsenjans
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Started a carrier at Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis in 1994Dr.chem. in Organic Chemistry (2001) from the University of Latvia. Since 2005 is the head of the Pharmacotherapeutic synthesis group. Corresponding member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Has been awarded the Solomon Hiller Medal and the Gustav Vanags Award.

Prof. Maija Dambrova
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Graduated Faculty of Chemistry in the University of Latvia, where defended also MSci in Biology. PhD in Pharmaceutical biosciences from Uppsala University (Sweden); holds a MBA degree from Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration. Since 2001 is the Head of the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Pharmacology. Has been awarded D. H. Grindelis and S. Hiller medals, L`Oréal Latvian fellowship “For Women in Science” with the support of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO and the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Full member of Latvian Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Ivars Kalviņš
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Graduated Latvian University, Faculty of Chemistry, speciality – chemist. Working at IOS from 1969 until the present. 1989 – 2003  deputy director of scientific work, from 1989 Head of Department of Medicinal Chemistry. R&D of new physiologically active substances. The inventor of anti-ischemic drug Mildronate, new Mildronate-containing pharmaceutical products (Capicor, MildronateGX, Neomildronate), immunostimulator Leakadine and anti-cancer drug Belinostat. Full Member and Member of the Senate of Latvian Academy of Sciences. Member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg and an honorary member of Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy.

Dr. chem. Mārtiņš Katkevičs
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Since 2004 Principal Scientist and since 2007 Head of Biologically Active Compound Synthesis Laboratory. Graduated from Riga Technical University Faculty of Chemical Technology and acquired a doctor degree in chemistry in 1996. From 1997 to 1999 postdoctoral research associate in Prof. K. Tamao group at Kyoto University.

Dr. pharm. Edgars Liepiņš
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In 2001 graduated from Riga Stradins University. PhD in Pharmaceutical Pharmacology from the University of Latvia (2005). Since 2006 – Principal Scientist at the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Pharmacology. Full Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. chem. Einārs Loža
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After graduating from Latvian University, Faculty of Chemistry, he has been working in IOS since 1977. Principal scientist, Doctor of Chemistry, postdoctoral traineeship in Central Institute in Berlin (Germany) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Chemistry (USA). The main scientific interests cover prostaglandin chemistry, anticancer research (histone deacetylase, nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase inhibitors) and the possibilities to control metabolic syndrome (cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia) by BBOx inhibitors and HCA1-3 agonists.

Dr. chem. Vita Ozola
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IOS employee since 1989 and since 2006 – Principal Scientist. Graduated from Riga Technical University with a Diploma in Chemical Engineering. PhD in Bioorganic chemistry from IOS in 1998. Postdoctoral research associate in Prof. C.E.Müller’s group at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg (1998) and the University of Bonn (1999). Visiting researcher at King’s College London (1996, Prof. C.B.Reese).

Dr. chem. Gints Šmits
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IOS employee since 2005 and since 2019 – the head of Laboratory of CNS Active compounds. Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Riga Technical University in 2015. Postdoctoral research associate in Prof. Nicolai Cramer’s group at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (2015-2016). Awarded with Solomon Hiller prize in 2015.  Assistant Professor at Riga Technical University.

Dr. chem. Aiva Plotniece
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IOS employee since 1991, principal scientist since 2005. Graduated Faculty of Chemistry at University of Latvia (1991), defended MSc (1996) and PhD (Dr.chem) (2003). Awarded by L`Oréal Latvian fellowship “For Women in Science” with the support of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO and the Latvian Academy of Sciences (2007).

Dr. chem. Kārlis Pajuste
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Dr. chem. Kirills Šubins
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Dr. chem. Pēteris Trapencieris
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After graduating Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Latvia (1974) have been working at the IOS. Received PhD in Organic chemistry from IOS in 1982, Since 2001 is the Head of the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry. Has been awarded P.Walden and S.Hiller medals. Corresponding member of Latvian Academy of Sciences. Main scientific interests cover different aspects of organic (new methodologies of small heterocycles and natural products) and medicinal chemistry (anticancer drug design).

Prof. Raivis Žalubovskis
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Started a professional carrier at Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis in 1994. Obtained PhD in Organic Chemistry at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden); B.Sc and M.Sc degrees were obtained at University of Latvia. Associate Professor at Riga Technical University.