Vadim T. Ivanov (1937–2022), In Memoriam

Vadim T. Ivanov (1937–2022)

The European Peptide Society mourns the passing away of Vadim T. Ivanov, Professor and Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

He graduated from the Moscow State University Chemical Department in 1960. After that, he started his work at the Institute of Chemistry of Natural Products, which now is the Institute Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences (IBCH RAS), Moscow.

Since then, the research career of Vadim T. Ivanov has been associated exclusively with this institute, where he received Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1963 and Dr. Sci. in Chemistry in 1974. In 1971 Professor Vadim Ivanov became the Head of the Laboratory of Peptide Chemistry at IBCH RAS. In 1987 Professor Vadim T. Ivanov was elected a full member of the USSR Academy of Sciences.

From 1988 to 2017, Professor Vadim Ivanov was a Director of the IBCH RAS, coordinated Institute research activities, and was Head of the Peptide and Protein Technology Department of the Shemyakin and Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry RAS.

He was a member of the Scientific Affairs Board of the European Peptide Society from 2002 – 2006.

All research activities of Vadim T. Ivanov were associated with an expansive area of peptidomics, such as peptide synthesis, determination of chemical and spatial structures of peptides and proteins, structural-functional correlations, molecular mechanism studies, and other fields of bioorganic chemistry.

He started his research career in the studies of peptide conformations in solutions, design, synthesis, and structure evaluation of cyclic peptides in the 1960s. Then he turned to the elucidation of ion transport mechanisms through membranes by peptide ionophores. In the last years, Professor V. Ivanov naturally turned to peptidomics research and founded the peptidomics research School in Russian Federation located in the IBCH RAS.

Besides his fundamental research, Professor Vadim Ivanov was engaged in developing peptide-based pharmaceuticals and synthetic vaccines, such as Deltaran, Licopid, and peptide vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease.

Professor Ivanov was an internationally recognized expert in peptide chemistry and biology. For many years he was a representative of Russian Federation in the European Peptide Society, a member of the American Peptide and Protein Society, a foreign member of the Indian Academy of Sciences, an Honorable Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and editorial boards member of various international journals.

Being a distinguished scientist, Professor Vadim T. Ivanov had a broad scientific horizon vision and was interested in new developments in various research and technology fields. As a Professor at Lomonosov State University in Moscow, he was always prepared to communicate with students and colleagues. Let us keep him in good memory.

Contributed by Ekaterina Kolesanova.