The Research Institute of Biology at Kharkiv National University was founded in 1944 by O. Nahornyi, Corresponding Fellow of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, a prominent researcher in gerontology.
In 1953-1989, the Institute was headed by V.M. Nikitin, Academician of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences. During this period the Institute became a leading center for gerontology in Ukraine.
Every two years the international symposium Biological Mechanisms of Aging is held at the Institute.
The Institute has a specialized council for conferring doctor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Human and Animal Physiology.
The Institute also offers postgraduate courses for obtaining candidate’s degrees in Biochemistry, Human and Animal Physiology,Biotechnology, and Ecology.