Dr Natalia N Nalivaeva


Natalia Nalivaeva gained her B.Sc. in Biochemistry at the Saint Petersburg (former Leningrad) State University and then obtained her Ph.D. at the I.M. Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg (Russia). In her Ph.D. thesis she studied chromatin organisation in somatic and sex cells of various evolutionary types. After obtaining her Ph.D., Natalia was a senior researcher in the same Institute studying brain gangliosides and later working on brain acetylcholinesterases and other brain enzymes underlying memory and cognitive functions, as well as brain asymmetry. In 1997 she has joined Prof. A.J. Turner’s group at the University of Leeds and started to work on brain metallopeptidases, in particular, the amyloid-degrading enzyme neprilysin (NEP). She has also continued her extensive research collaboration at the Sechenov Institute and in 2006 she has obtained there her D.Sc. degree for the study of the effects of hypoxia and ischemia on amyloid metabolism and amyloid-degrading enzymes.

From  1999 until 2011 Natalia was acting as Editorial Coordinator of Journal of Neurochemistry. Now she is an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Neuroscience.

Since 2011 Natalia is a member of the Council of European Society for Neurochemistry (ESN) and in 2015 she was electeed as ESN Secretary. 


Research interests

I am currently studying epigenetic regulation of neuronal genes, in particular of NEP and amyloid-degrading enzymes, and the mechanisms of processing of amyloid-precursor protein in neuronal cells and in the developing brain under normal and pathological conditions. I serve as leading research scientist-consultant at I.M. Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia.

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  • BSc, Leningrad State University, USSR
  • PhD, IEPhB RAS, Leningrad, Russia
  • DSc, IEPhB RAS, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Professional memberships

  • International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN)
  • European Society for Neurochemistry (ESN)
  • American Society for Neurochemistry (ASN)
  • Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)
  • Biochemical Society, UK
  • Russian Pavlov Physiological Society